2016 St. Louis Visionary Awards Honorees (from left to right): Stacy West, De Nichols, Phoebe Dent Weil, Priscilla Block, Sabina England and Denise Thimes

2016 St. Louis Visionary Awards Honorees (from left to right): Stacy West, De Nichols, Phoebe Dent Weil, Priscilla Block, Sabina England and Denise Thimes


2017 St. Louis Visionary Awards

Alison Ferring
Emily Pitts
as Co-Hosts

Monday, April 24th
6:00 PM
at the Sun Theater

           Alison Ferring

           Alison Ferring

Alison's Ferring, a former St. Louis artist and art connoisseur, has a passion for the arts that has been unwavering. From running a non-profit alternative gallery, MJF Arts, in the 90’s to formerly co-chairing the Campaign for the Central Library downtown, Alison is actively engaged in making the city a better place for everyone. 

Alison’s focus now is directed to helping impact the lives of young children in the city through her involvement with The Flance Early Learning Center. As a past Visionary Honoree, she knows the power of art and creativity can transcend adversity and build hope for the future.

           Emily Pitts

           Emily Pitts

Emily Pitts, a distinguished business leader in the St. Louis area, heads Edward Jones’ comprehensive inclusion initiative. Pitts was instrumental in developing and rolling out the firm’s first cross-cultural development program (CCDP), which helps minority financial advisors network and learn best practices to better serve a multicultural clientele. She also developed the firm’s Women’s Leadership Forum, Minority Leadership Forum and Home-office Inclusion Mentoring Program.

Pitts is a graduate of Leadership FOCUS St. Louis. She serves on the boards of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater St. Louis, the Diversity Awareness Partnership and the St. Louis Urban League.
Pitts has been recognized by Savoy Magazine as one of the 2014 Top Influential Women in Corporate America. The St. Louis Business Journal named her to its 25 Most Influential Business Women for 2012.


The St. Louis Visionary Awards celebrates the numerous contributions and achievements of women who work in or support the arts in the greater St. Louis region. Founded in 2003 by Grand Center, Inc.,  the St. Louis Visionary Awards is now presented by an independent committee of women dedicated to promoting the arts in St. Louis.

From established working arts professionals and arts educators to emerging artists and community impact artists, each year's honorees are always truly "visionary". To date, 75 such extraordinary women have been honored as Visionaries.

2017 St. Louis Visionary Award Honorees

Nominations will close on October 18th. 

The Regional Arts Commission is proud to serve as the fiscal sponsor for the 2017 St. Louis Visionary Awards.

Planning Committee: Sara Burke and Kim Eberlein, co-chairs; Susan Block; Adrienne Davis; Alison Ferring; Renee Franklin; Diane Kline; Marian Nunn; De Andrea Nichols; Emily Pitts; Cynthia Prost; Marilyn Sheperd


Click below to view highlights from the 2016 St. Louis Visionary Awards which took place Monday, April 25 at the Sun Theater in Grand Center: