Ocean County Cultural & Heritage Commission
Cultural adn Heritage Commission is a division of The Ocean County Department of Parks and Recreation

Salute Awards

Ocean County Lifetime Achievement in the Arts

The Commission has created this award category to recognize the extraordinary achievements and contributions of those individuals and organizations to the quality of life in Ocean County. Recipients are selected from the distinguished list of Ocean County artists representing many art forms, nominated by various individuals and organizations.

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Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award
2019: Thomas E. Rutledge

Pauline S. Miller Lifetime Achievement Award for Ocean County History

The Pauline S. Miller Lifetime Achievement Award is given to an individual who has demonstrated a passion for Ocean County Heritage and shared that history with the public. Criteria to receive this award is as follows: county wide impact, active in Ocean County for at least 10 years, advocate of Ocean County heritage, special emphasis on scholarship or teaching about Ocean County history.

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Pauline S. Miller Lifetime Achievement Award
2019: Margaret Thomas Buchholz

John C. Bartlett, Jr. Government Leadership Award

The commission gives this award to those individuals in government who have demonstrated the highest professional and ethical standards in leadership in the Ocean County non-profit community. They champion the role of the arts and history in the County’s vital tourism industry.

John C. Bartlett, Jr. Gov. Leadership Award
2019: Elaine H. McConnell

Joseph H. Vicari, Ocean County Tourism Award

The Joseph H. Vicari Ocean County Tourism Award is given annually to honor the business, organization or individual who made the greatest contribution to the $4.7 Billion annual Ocean County tourism industry.

Joseph H. Vicari, Ocean County Tourism Award
2018: Lori Pepenella

Special Awards

Art Advocate Awards

The commission recognizes the singular contribution of the award recipients on behalf of Ocean County and New Jersey art communities. The sum total of their civic and non-profit involvement has enriched the shared cultural life of their hometown and county.

Art Advocate Awards


Founders Awards

The commission presents the founders award to advocates for the arts in Ocean County have enriched the cultural fabric of our community through the creation of significant artistic institutions in Ocean County.

Founders Awards


Special Award

The Ocean County Cultural and Heritage Commission have created the following award categories to recognize the extraordinary achievements and contributions of those individuals and organizations to the quality of life in Ocean County.

Special Award
2019: William de Camp, Jr. -Recognition for contributions to Barnegat Bay

Special Recognition for Advancement of the Arts in Ocean County

The commission recognizes the significant and important contribution of these awardees to the artistic culture of Ocean County and New Jersey. The recipients have shown excellences of artist production, support of the general artistic community, and have been a major advocate for the arts at a state and regional level.

Special Recognition for Advancement of the Arts Award


Superstorm Sandy

The commission seeks to recognize the people and organizations that have grappled with the issue of how historic preservation should inform and guide the recovery from Super Storm Sandy in an effort to retain the sense of place and community.

Superstorm Sandy Awards