Leadership Award Recipients

Congratulations to Sarasota’s Arts and Cultural leaders of the past and present.

Listed below are all of the Arts Leadership Award recipients since the first awards program in 1987.

2017 Arts Leadership Award Recipients

  • Artistic Achievement: Dr. Joseph Holt
  • Arts in Education: Michael Shelton
  • Arts Management: Jennifer Rominiecki
  • Philanthropy: Elizabeth Lindsay
  • Volunteer: Sharon and Steve Dickman
  • Cultural Champion: Richard Storm

Past Arts Leadership Award Recipients

ARTISTIC ACHIEVEMENT
Paul Wolfe, 1994
Wesley John Schumacher, 1995
Richard Hopkins, 1997
Howard Millman, 1999
Kate Alexande, 2000
Daniel Moe, 2005
Eleanor Merritt Darlington, 2005
Robert de Warren, 2006
Leymis Bolanos Wilmott, 2008
Joseph Arnegger, 2010
Tim Jaeger, 2010
Jeff Schwartz, 2010
Victor DeRenzi, 2011
Michael Donald Edwards, 2012
Iain Webb, 2013
Dolly Jacobs, 2015
Lee Dougherty Ross, 2016

ADVOCACY
The Honorable Katherine Harris, 1995
Margaret Wise, 2007
Sarabeth Kalajian, 2013
Wilde Automotive, 2013

HEALTHCARE
Coalition for Arts and Health, 2012
Sarasota Memorial Healthcare System, 2013
Fuzion Dance Artists, 2014
Pines of Sarasota, 2015
Venice Theatre, 2016

LEADERSHIP
Richard Angelotti, 1996
David Band, 1996
Roy C Palmer, 1996
Yvonne , Pinkerton, 2001
Debra Jacobs, 2003

MANAGEMENT
Gretchen Serrie, 1993
Trevor Cramer, 1999
John Wilkes, 2003
Pedro Reis, 2004
Alan Sloan, 2005
Burton Wolfe, 2005
Murray Chase, 2006
Christine Jennings, 2010
John Fischer, 2011
Mary Bensel, 2012
Linda DiGabriele, 2013
Mary Anne Servian, 2014
Murray Chase, 2014
Joe McKenna, 2015
Michelle Pingel, 2016

MEDIA
Charlie Huisking, 2000
Cliff Roles, 2007
Jay Handelman, 2008
Lori White, 2011
Rich Swier, 2012
Herald-Tribune Art Team: Carrie Seidman, Susan Rife, Jay Handelman, 2013
WUSF Public Media, 2014

ARTS EDUCATION
(Named the Nancy Roucher Award for Arts Education)

Karen & Steve Johns, 1993
Nancy Roucher, 1994
Arland Christ-Janer, Ph.D., 1995
Cindy Lippert Balistreri, 1996
Wilma Hamilton, 1997
Ken Bowermeister, 1999
Ann Darling, 2006
Dr. Larry Thompson, 2007
Stephen D. Etter, 2008
Lori White, 2011
Robert Warren, 2011
Beth Duda, 2012
Angela Hartvigsen, 2013
Senator Nancy Detert, 2014
RoseAnne McCabe and Alyson Rozier, 2015
Karen Bell & Robin Eurich, Circus Arts Conservatory, 2016

PHILANTHROPY
Robert Perkins, Ph.D., 1992
Jay Crouse, 1992
Joe & Marion McKennon, 1994
Beatrice Friedman, 1996
Robert G. Roskamp, 1999
Esther M. Mertz, 2003
Virginia B. Toulmin, 2003
Bob Greenfield, 2004
Syd Adler, 2005
Stanley Kane, 2006
Ulla Searing, 2007
Mr. and Mrs. Robbie Robinson, 2008
Michael Martella, 2010
Warren J. Coville, 2011
Bob and Lee Peterson, 2012
Graci and Dennis McGillicuddy, 2013
Stanley Kane, 2014
Herman Frankel, 2015
Ernie Kretzmer, 2016

VOLUNTEER
Kay Glasser, Ph.D., 1993
Helene Noble, 2008
Natalie Gundrumk, 2008
Betty and Bert Morris, 2010
John and Mary Olha, 2012
Mike Rosario, 2013
Leona Collesano, 2014
Wendy Surkis, 2015
Ed Alley, 2016

CULTURAL CHAMPION
Larry Thompson, 2011
Richard and Rebecca Hopkins, 2012
Howard Millman, 2013
Leona Collesano, 2014
Bruce Rodgers, 2015
Victor DeRenzi, 2016