2018 Visionary Awards honorees Cheeraz Gormon, Lana Pepper, Yvonne Osei, Asha Premachandra and Allison Felter with St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson  photo by Bryan Schraier

Do you know someone who embodies St. Louis’ arts and culture scene? Nominations are now being accepted for the 2019 Saint Louis Visionary Awards.

The awards recognize women who have made exceptional contributions to the arts throughout the community. Nominations, which can be filled out on vizawards.org, are due by Monday, Nov. 5.

 The honorees are true visionaries whose focus and hard work have helped St. Louis create a vibrant cultural scene that enhances the lives of our community,” said Sara Burke, co-president of the Visionary Board.

Award categories include:

  • Outstanding Working Artist: presented to a woman currently working and achieving great accomplishments in the arts. She has earned significant acclaim over an extended period of time, and consistently displays excellence in the practice of her art form, enriching artistic expression and unique style.
  • Emerging Artist: presented to an up-and-coming artist who has demonstrated her talent and a strong commitment to building her career in the arts.
  • Community Impact Artist: presented to a woman who uses the arts to create awareness about community issues; and through her work. promotes dialogue, breaks down barriers and sparks change.
  • Outstanding Arts Professional: presented to a woman who has dedicated her professional career to fostering creativity and encouraging ongoing participation in the arts. She raises the profile of her organization by causing a widespread impact on the St. Louis arts community.
  • Outstanding Teaching Artist: presented to a woman dedicated to providing artistic instruction to a range of students, as both a profession and lifestyle. She has made a strong impact on the individuals and community she has fostered through her role as an educator.
  • Major Contributor to the Arts: presented to a woman who has been a strong supporter of the arts through volunteering, serving on boards, donating and raising funds.
  • Arts Innovator: (NEW) presented to a woman who has transformed the arts in St. Louis by founding or creating an organization or initiative.
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: presented to a woman who has had a long and distinguished career in the arts and has made a lasting impact in her field.

Individuals may make multiple nominations and can also nominate themselves.

Following an independent review by a panel comprised of artists, arts educators, and arts advocates, the 2019 honorees will be announced in late November. The recipients will be celebrated during an awards ceremony at the Sun Theater in Grand Center on April 22, 2019.