Saturday, June 10, 2023

Public Encouraged to Submit Nominations For 2020 Artist of the Year

Submitted Photos | A 2019 photo of our previous Artists of the Year from our luncheon last spring. The Artists of the Year in the back row include from left to right: Melinda Trick, Gina Sisbarro, Sherri Morrison, Tara O’Neill, Austin Bell, and JRobert Houghtaling. The students receiving scholarships from MIFA last year are in the front row including Logan Fischer, Luz Perez, Brenda Perez, Anastasia Baran, Emma Stone, and Brianna Monroe.

Beginning 6 years ago, the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts (MIFA)has recognized a new ‘Artist of the Year’ every springOur non-profit organization is once again requesting the public to submit their nomination for the 2020 Artist of the Year in writing no later than May 15th, 2020. Submissions must include the name and contact information of the person submitting the nomination. Be sure to include adequate support information about the person or group being nominated including achievements, previous awards, and contact informationSlides, photographs, CD’s, DVDs, recent reviews, etc., are helpful, but also optional. 

Although we are all experiencing the changes brought on by COVID-19, MIFA’s board members still want to recognize a 2020 Artist of the Year for his/her outstanding leadership and service to our community in the visual arts, performing arts or the literary arts. Please do not be shy! Let us know who you believe has made a big impact in the arts here in our community. 

Our previous Artist of the Year winners include: 

  • 2014Melinda Trick, Veterans Mural and Portraits, Visual Artist 
  • 2015Tara O’Neill, President of Goodland Arts Alliance, and Visual Artist 
  • 2016JRobert Houghtaling, Musician, Composer, Song Writer and Producer 
  • 2017Austin Bell, Curator of Collections for the Marco Island Historical Society 
  • 2018Gina SisbarroSisbarro Acting Studio. Producer, director, and writer of plays. Works with students and adults.  
  • 2019Sherri Morrison, Creative graphic designer serving the Marco Island, Goodland and Naples area.  

Please mail your written nominations to the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts, P.O. Box 1091, Marco Island, FL 34146 no later than May 15th 

The 2020 Artist of the Year will be announced this summer. We look forward to receiving your nominations!! 

More information can be found at the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts website, For questions, call Carolyn Burger at 239-389-0280 or Karen Swanker at 239-642-3673. 

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