The Visionary Awards 2017 Honorees are (left to right), seated: Shirley Bradley LeFlore, poet; Sally S. Levy, philanthropist; standing: Gina Martinez, community arts; Vivian Anderson Watt, dancer; Kat Simone Reynolds, photographer; and Nancy Bell, playwright

The Visionary Awards 2017 Honorees are (left to right), seated: Shirley Bradley LeFlore, poet; Sally S. Levy, philanthropist; standing: Gina Martinez, community arts; Vivian Anderson Watt, dancer; Kat Simone Reynolds, photographer; and Nancy Bell, playwright

Nominations for the 2017 St. Louis Visionary Awards are now closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted nominations. Please visit the 2017 Honorees Page to learn more about the extraordinary women who were selected as our 2017 St. Louis Visionary Award Honorees.  

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 various contributions including volunteering, donating, raising funds and serving on boards.