Frederick County Arts Hall of Fame Developed

October 1, 2010

Since Frederick’s founding, creativity and craftsmanship has been at the forefront of Frederick’s existence. Artists of all disciplines have contributed to Frederick’s success as a center of creativity and arts destination for many decades. The Frederick Arts Council has launched the Frederick County Arts Hall of Fame to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the artistic ethos of our community. Nine individuals have been nominated who have reached significant accomplishments in the arts field, including performing, visual, and literary arts. However, no more than four will be selected. The inaugural class will be announced on Wednesday, October 20th at the annual Celebration of the Arts Dinner. Inductees will be selected by a diverse committee of community and arts leaders in Frederick County. The Frederick County Arts Hall of Fame recognizes persons, living or deceased, and honors those who have made significant contributions to the arts in Frederick County either as performing or practicing artists in individual disciplines.
Inductees must have made a significant contribution to the enhancement of the arts at the local level and/or beyond. For example, the individual has received national or international recognition through achievements in an artistic discipline, including, but not limited to, music, dance, theatre, literature, film, architecture, visual arts and crafts, folklife/traditional arts, fashion, photography, and the execution or exhibition of other such allied, major art forms. An artist is defined as one who creates, performs, or interprets works of art. They also must have spent all or a portion of their time residing or working in Frederick County.

The Frederick County Arts Hall of Fame will take up residence at the Cultural Arts Center, a 14,000 square foot arts incubator and community arts space. At the Cultural Arts Center, a plaque will be placed with an image and biographical sketch of each member of the Hall of Fame. This will provide an interactive educational opportunity for the general public. Each inductee will also receive a commemorative plaque in recognition of his or her recognition. Nomination forms for the 2011 Hall of Fame will be available in March.