City of Gainesville Presents Annual Arts Awards

Front Row:
Jennifer Vito (representing the Gainesville Girls Rock Camp), Carrie Martinez, Jesus Martinez, Brittany Webber
Second Row:
Katy Lemle, Wanda Lloyd, Gregg Jones, Rhonda Wilson
Not Pictured:
Tyler King (representing the Swamp City Gallery Lounge) and Faith & Majesty

Press release from City of Gainesville

The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, in concert with the Gainesville Art in Public Places Trust and Gainesville Cultural Affairs Board, presented the 2020 Annual Arts Awards at a recent ceremony to individuals and businesses who have contributed to the cultural life of the community.

Selected by the Gainesville Art in Public Places Trust for significant contributions enhancing the greater environment through public art, the 2020 Public Art Award was presented to Jesus (Seck37) Martinez and Carrie Martinez.

Selected by the Gainesville Cultural Affairs Board, the following awards were presented:

  • For their contributions to the community as a business that sponsors arts events or supports the efforts of artists, the 2020 Business Arts Awards were presented to the Gainesville Girls Rock Camp and the Swamp City Gallery Lounge.
  • Recognizing promising young artists in Gainesville at the beginning of their creative journey, the inaugural 2020 Emerging Artists Arts Awards were present to Faith & Majesty and Brittany Webber.
  • Presented to an individual who has contributed significantly to the arts in the past year, the 2020 Individual Arts Awards were presented to Katy Lemle and Wanda Lloyd.
  • Named after the late Gainesville artist, and recognizing an individual who has provided years of sustained and significant contributions to the arts, the 2020 Lennie Kesl Lifetime Arts Awards were presented to Gregg Jones and Rhonda Wilson.

A video of the presentation event at the Historic Thomas Center is available through this link.