Florida Artists Hall of Fame

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Florida Artists Hall of Fame recognizes artists who have made significant contributions to art in Florida. It was established by the Florida Legislature in 1986. There is a Florida Artists Hall of Fame Wall on the Plaza Level in the rotunda of the Florida Capitol. The Florida Council on Arts and Culture reviews nominations annually and makes recommendations to the Florida Secretary of State. No more than two inductees are selected in any year[1] until 2012 when four inductees were added.

In 2013 folk singer Frank J. Thomas, a longtime Lake Wales, Florida resident; Latin pop superstar Gloria Estefan and painter Laura Woodward were inducted.

In 1986, the Hall was established by the Florida Legislature. It provides recognition to persons, living or dead, who "made significant contributions to the arts in Florida either as performing or practicing artists in individual disciplines." The awards recipients show diversity of artistic accomplishment in the state's "cultural tapestry." Inductions take placed each March during the Florida Heritage Awards. Each honoree receives a commemorative bronze sculpture. The sculpture, La Florida was created by Enzo Torcoletti.[1]

Alphabetical list of inductees[edit]

Year Name City Lifetime Artform
2004 Alfred Hair and the Florida Highwaymen Fort Pierce, Florida n/a Folk artists
1993 George Abbott Miami Beach, Florida 1887 – 1995 Thespian and theater impresario
1993 A. E. "Bean" Backus Fort Pierce, Florida 1906 – 1990 Artist
2012 Jacqueline Brice Jupiter, Florida 1935 - Painter
2012 Robert C. Broward Jacksonville, Florida 1926 - Architect
2012 Ricou Browning Tallahassee, Florida 1930 - Underwater film actor and director
2000 Jimmy Buffett Key West, Florida 1946 – Musician
2002 Fernando Bujones Miami, Florida 1955 – 2005 Dancer
1998 Clyde Butcher Ochopee, Florida 1942 – Photographer
1992 Ray Charles Greenville, Florida 1930 – 2004 Musician
2009 Harry Crews Gainesville, Florida 1935 – 2012 Writer
2003 Earl Cunningham St. Augustine, Florida 1893 – 1977 Folk artist
2010 Bo Diddley Archer, Florida 1928 – 2008 Blues musician
1993 Marjory Stoneman Douglas Coconut Grove, Florida 1890 – 1998 Author
2013 Gloria Estefan Miami, Florida 1957 – Singer and songwriter
1988 George Firestone Miami, Florida 1931 – Politician who supported arts
2003 William P. Foster Tallahassee, Florida 1919 – 2010 Marching band director and innovator
1992 Duane Hanson Davie, Florida 1925 – 1996 Artist/ sculptor of human figures
1995 Martin Johnson Heade St. Augustine, Florida 1819 – 1904 Painter of nature
1987 Ernest Hemingway Key West, Florida 1899 – 1961 Author
1990 Zora Neale Hurston Eatonville, Florida 1891 – 1960 Folklorist, historian, and novelist
2011 James F. Hutchinson Stuart, Florida 1932 – Painter
2002 Lou Jacobs Sarasota, Florida 1903 – 1992 Circus clown
2000 James Weldon Johnson Jacksonville, Florida 1871 – 1938 Writer
2006 John Rosamond Johnson Jacksonville, Florida 1873 – 1954 Composer and singer during the Harlem Renaissance
2005 Stetson Kennedy Beluthahatchee, Florida 1916 – 2011 Journalist
2000 Elaine L. Konigsburg Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida 1930 – Author and illustrator
1999 Doris Leeper New Smyrna Beach, Florida 1929 – 2000 Painter and sculptor
2007 Lawrence Hankins "Hank" Locklin McLellan, Florida 1918 – 2009 Songwriter
1991 John D. MacDonald Sarasota, Florida 1916 – 1986 Writer
1996 Will McLean Chipley, Florida 1919 – 1990 Folk singer/ songwriter
2001 Addison Mizner Boca Raton, Florida 1872 – 1933 Architect
1994 Ralph Hubbard Norton West Palm Beach, Florida 1875 – 1953 Art collector and museum founder
2008 Victor Nuñez Tallahassee, Florida 1945 – Film director
2004 Albin Polasek Winter Park, Florida 1879 – 1965 Sculptor
2006 W. Stanley "Sandy" Proctor Tallahassee, Florida 1939 – Sculptor
1991 Robert Rauschenberg Captiva, Florida 1925 – 2008 Painter
1987 Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Cross Creek, Florida 1896 – 1953 Author
1993 Burt Reynolds Jupiter, Florida 1936 – Actor
1987 John N. Ringling Sarasota, Florida 1866 – 1936 Circus empresario
1998 Gamble Rogers St. Augustine, Florida 1937 – 1991 Folk musician and storyteller
2012 Louis Roney Winter Park, Florida 1921 - Opera singer
2001 James Rosenquist Aripeka, Florida 1933 – Artist
2008 Augusta Savage Green Cove Springs, Florida 1892 – 1962 Sculptor
1999 Patrick D. Smith Merritt Island, Florida 1927 – Author
2010 Christopher M. Still Tarpon Springs, Florida 1961 – Painter
2009 Mel Tillis Silver Springs, Florida 1932 – Musician
2011 Johnny Tillotson Jacksonville, Florida 1939 – Singer and songwriter
1994 Jerry N. Uelsmann Gainesville, Florida 1934 - Photographer
1997 Edward Villella Miami, Florida 1936 - Ballet dancer
1994 Hiram D. Williams Gainesville, Florida 1917 – 2003 Painter and professor of art
1989 Tennessee Williams Key West, Florida 1911 – 1983 Author
1994 Ellen Taaffe Zwilich Miami, Florida 1939 – Music composer

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Florida Artists Hall of Fame". Division of Cultural Affairs, Secretary of State of Florida. Retrieved August 22, 2014.