Nickel Plate Arts to Highlight Local Artists at 10th Anniversary Diamond Gala, Award Nominees Announced 

Nickel Plate Arts to Highlight Local Artists at 10th Anniversary Diamond Gala, Award Nominees Announced 

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. — Every year, the Nickel Plate Arts Awards recognize some of the most inspirational artists and art advocates among the region’s thriving arts scene. The awards originally started in 2016, with nominations coming from the entire central Indiana region. Members of the community submit each nomination. 

The award winners will be named at Nickel Plate Arts’ 10th Anniversary Diamond Gala on September 21. The gala is the primary fundraiser of the year and is an important event to bring the area’s arts community together each year.

This year, Nickel Plate Arts will feature an Emerging Artist of the Year, an Artist of the Year, an Arts Patron of the Year and an “Arts Champion of the Year,” which will recognize someone working hard to integrate arts into programming or putting the needs of artists in our community first. Also new this year is an award for “Cultural Venture of the Year,” which recognizes those who are putting effort into creating something new in the arts community.

“The arts are such a driver for economic development in Hamilton County, it’s important to recognize those who are leading the charge to support the arts and artists throughout the year,” said Nickel Plate Arts Director Ailithir McGill. “That’s why we created this and why it continues to be an important celebration of our arts community. We love being able to tell new stories and bring recognition to local artists, but we also want to raise awareness to what they are doing to make Hamilton County a vibrant place to live.” 

The nominees are listed below.

Artist of the Year
Roseanne Crowell
Beth A Forst
Shaunt’e Lewis
Eric Salazar
Jalynn Simmons

Emerging Artist of the Year
Critt Hunter
Maroline Ritter
Jenny Spires

Arts Patron of the Year
Daniel Drexler and the Indiana Small Business Development Center
Moonshot Games
Jennifer Roberts

Arts Champion of the Year
Cheryl Bowlin of Janus Developmental Services

Christy Brocken of Hamilton County Parks
Barb Conlin of Gal’s Guide Library
Marissa Deckert of Fishers Parks
Emilia Seabourne
Virginia Tate

Cultural Venture of the Year
Bryan Glover & Robert’s Settlement Juneteenth Activities
James Holbrook & Poet Ape Production’s “Our Town”
Kelly McVey & Indiana Peony Festival
Eric Sablan & The Brick Room
Lindsay Zehren

Each year, the Nickel Plate Arts Award winners are presented by trophies made by local artists. Last year’s trophies, shown here, were made by artists Dan Howell and Demaris Glazier. The 2022 trophies will be made by Demaris Glazier and Craig Helming.
Ailithir McGill
amcgill@nickelplatearts.org