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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
2021: Art Birdsall
2020: Robert Popovics
2021: Art Birdsall - Decoy Carver - Documentary
2020: Robert Popovics - Naturalist, Innovator, Artist - Documentary
2019: Thomas E. Rutledge - Visual Artist - Documentary
2018: Eva Lucena Welch - Dance - Documentary
2017: Kate Leigh Cutler - Visual Artist - Documentary
2016: Cathleen Engelsen - Visual Artist - Documentary
2015: Brian Hanlon - Sculptor
2014: Lous N. Riccio - Visual Artist
2013: Francis J. McGinley - Visual Artist
2012: James Murphy - Musician

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
2020: Deborah C. Whitcraft
2020: Deborah C. Whitcraft - Documentary
2019: Margaret Thomas Buchholz - Documentary
2018: Alfred T. Stokely - Documentary
2017: Jeanette Llyod - Documentary
2016: Carl Jablonski - Documentary
2015: Eugene Donatiello
2014: Mary Catherine Kennedy
2013: Claribel Young
2012: Ferdinand F. Klebold

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 - Documentary
2018: J. Mark Mutter - Documentary
2015: Ebony Rivera
2014: Cynthia H. Smith
2013: Barbara W. Steele
2012: John C. Bartlett, Jr.

Virginia E. Haines Historic Advocate Award

The Commission gives this award to an individual or organization that has demonstrated significant efforts to promote and preserve the historic fabric of Ocean County.
Virginia E. Haines Historic Advocate Award
2020: Virginia E. Haines
2020: Virginia E. Haines - Documentary

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
2021 : John Crisafulli
2021 John Crisafulli
2020 Steve Steiner and the Surflight Theatre - Documentary
2019 Anthony E. Vaz Ed.D. and Christopher J. Vaz - Documentary
2018 Lori Pepenella - Documentary
2017 The Storino Family

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
2020: Carol Ann Herbert
2020: Carol Ann Herbert
2015: Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation
2013: Judith Gibson Leone
2012: Ocean First Foundation

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
2017: Sherry D. Schnepp from Our Gang Players
2014: Heather Campagno from Brick Children’s Community Theatre
2014: Loretta Campagno from Brick Children’s Community Theatre
2014: Patti Wade from Northern Regional Cultural Council
2014: Pat Shepherd from Pine Shores Art Association

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
2021: Ocean County Memories Founded 1850! - Andrew Anderson Patrick
2021: Ocean County Memories Founded 1850! - Leon Asay
2021: Ocean County Memories Founded 1850! - Andrew Anderson - Documentary
2021: Ocean County Memories Founded 1850! - Leon Asay - Documentary
2019: William de Camp, Jr. -Recognition for contributions to Barnegat Bay - Documentary
2018: Joseph Lappin - Recognition for lifetime of service to boating on Barnegat Bay
2017: Richard Morris - Historic Preservation Advocate
2017: Valerie Vaughn - Giving Voice to the Stories of Ocean County
2016: Duane M. Grembowicz - Commissioner Service Award 30 years
2016: Roberta Krantz - Commissioner Service Award 30 years
2016: Sidney L. Taylor* - Commissioner Service Award 2006 - 2012
2015: Alison Amelchenko - Commissioner Service Award 30 years
2015: Sam Christopher*- Dean of Ocean County Journalism
2014:Robert O’Brien* - Recognition for lifetime of service to boating on Barnegat Bay
2014: Roy Pedersen - Recognition for Jersey Shore Impressionists
2014: Janet Larson - Recognition for a lifetime of contributions to the O.C. environment
2013: Louis Glanzman - O.C. in the Revolution
2013: Sheldon Wolpin * - Mr. Lakewood
2012: Steve Baeli - O.C. History Volunteer

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
2018: June Sullivan
2016: Marshall Kern
2013: Steve Steiner
2013: Mark B. Retacco
2013: Anthony LaGruth

Ocean County Cultural Response Award

The Commission seeks to recognize the people and organizations that have responded to challenges of unanticipated disasters or challenges. The special award of merit celebrates those who set an example by responding to challenges of sustainability.
Ocean County Cultural Response Award
2021 : Brick Children's Community Theatre
2021: Lighthouse International Film Festival
2021: Ocean Professional Theatre
2021: Brick Children's Community Theatre - Regonition for response to Covid 19 - Documentary
2021: Lighthouse International Film Festival - Regonition for response to Covid 19 - Documentary
2021: Ocean Professional Theatre - Regonition for response to Covid 19 - Documentary
2013: Borough of Mantoloking - Recognition for historic preservation efforts in response to Superstorm Sandy
2013: Vintage Automobile Museum of New Jersey - Recognition for Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts

Other Awards

College Awards
Historic Preservation Awards

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