The 23rd annual St. Louis Arts Awards, presented by the Art and Education Council of Greater St. Louis (A&E), took place Jan. 20, 2014, at the Chase Park Plaza. The St. Louis Arts Awards is the preeminent award ceremony honoring individuals who achieve a legacy of artistic excellence, and organizations and business that enrich St. Louis' arts and cultural community. Proceeds benefit A&E's annual campaign, which funds nearly 70 arts and arts education organizations throughout the 16-county, St. Louis bi-state region. The presenting sponsor for the 2014 St. Louis Arts Awards is Emerson, which has supported the event for many years.
The 2013 St. Louis Arts Awards kicks off the Arts and Education Council's 50th anniversary year and will be chaired by Ken and Nancy Kranzberg. Proceeds from the event benefit the Arts and Education Council's annual campaign which funds nearly 70 arts and arts education organizations throughout the 16-county bi-state region. Those being honored in 2013 are: Chuck Berry, Lifetime Achievement in the Arts, PNC Bank, Corporate Support of the Arts; Judy and Jerry Kent, Excellence in Philanthropy; Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Excellence in the Arts; Michael Uthoff, Excellence in the Arts; St. Louis Public Radio | 90.7 KWMU, Champion of the Arts; and Duane Martin Foster, Art Educator of the Year.
"These honorees represent the breadth of the arts community and the exceptional creative work happening across the St. Louis region," said Cynthia A. Prost, president of the Arts and Education Council. "We are honored to recognize their achievements and welcome the community to join us in celebrating their contributions to St. Louis and the world."