The Winners of the 2019 Cleveland Arts Prize Include Poets, Directors and a Jazz Musician


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The 2019 Cleveland Arts Prize recipients were announced this morning, awarded to local artists at varying points in their careers.

In the emerging artist category, the poet, educator, coach, and mentor Kisha Nicole Foster won  for literature and Inlet Dance Theatre's Dominic Moore-Dunson for theatre and dance.

For the mid-career awards, poet, editor, and professor Mary Biddinger won for literature and Victoria Bussert, the director of the music theatre program at Baldwin Wallace University won for theatre and dance.

Winning a lifetime achievement award this year is textile artist Janice Lessman-Moss for visual arts. Special awards include the Robert P. Bergman Prize going to jazz musician Terri Pontremoli, the Martha Joseph Prize going to The Print Club of Cleveland, and the Barbara S. Robinson Prize going to President/CEO of Karamu House, Tony F. Sias.

In celebration of all the winners and Northeast Ohio art in general, the 59th Annual Awards Event is being held Sept. 25 at 6 p.m. at the Cleveland Museum of Art and is hosted by Cleveland Arts Prize-winner Dee Perry.

Tickets are now on sale for the event and start at $75. VIP tickets are $250, which also includes an exclusive Alcazar Hotel after-party invite.

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