Florida Division of Cultural Affairs

Promoting arts and culture through programs, services and the Museum of Florida History.

Programs

Florida Artists Hall of Fame

Established by the Florida Legislature in 1986, the Florida Artists Hall of Fame recognizes persons, living or deceased, who have made significant contributions to the arts in Florida either as performing or practicing artists in individual disciplines.

The artist may be a native of the state or one who adopted Florida as home. Recipients of this award demonstrate the diversity of artistic accomplishment that comprises the rich cultural tapestry of this state.

The State of Florida recognizes that the individual artist and benefactor are paramount and fundamental to cultural development. These individuals contribute to Florida's national or international reputation as a state with a strong and sustained commitment toward the development of cultural excellence.

The Florida Artists Hall of Fame Wall is located on the Plaza Level in the rotunda of the Capitol building. There is also a framed image of this year's Artist's Hall of Fame inductees on the Hall of Fame Wall.

Nomination Process

The Florida Council on Arts and Culture reviews nominations annually and makes recommendations to the Secretary of State.

You must submit nominations online by 11:59 pm on June 30. Mailed items must be postmarked by June 30. If June 30 falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, the postmark deadline will be the next following day which is not a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday.

To nominate an individual, please complete the online nomination form.

Inductions to the Florida Artists Hall of Fame are made each March during the Florida Heritage Awards. Inductees receive a commemorative bronze sculpture commissioned by the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. The sculpture, La Florida, was created by Enzo Torcoletti, an artist residing in St. Augustine.

Alphabetical List of Hall of Fame Inductees

Linked names will take you to more information about that artist.

Inducted Name City Life
2004 Alfred Hair and the Florida Highwaymen Fort Pierce  
1993 Abbott, George Miami Beach 1887 – 1995
1993 Backus, A. E. "Bean" Fort Pierce 1906 – 1990
2012 Brice, Jacqueline Jupiter 1935 – 
2012 Broward, Robert C. Jacksonville 1926 – 
2012 Browning, Ricou Tallahassee 1930 – 
2000 Buffett, Jimmy Key West 1946 – 
2002 Bujones, Fernando Miami 1955 – 2005
1998 Butcher, Clyde Ochopee 1942 – 
1992 Charles, Ray Greenville 1930 – 2004
2009 Crews, Harry Gainesville 1935 – 2012
2003 Cunningham, Earl St. Augustine 1893 – 1977
2010 Diddley, Bo Archer 1928 – 2008
1993 Douglas, Marjory Stoneman Coconut Grove 1890 – 1998
2013 Estefan, Gloria Miami 1957 – 
1988 Firestone, George Miami 1931 – 
2003 Foster, William P. Tallahassee 1919 – 2010
1992 Hanson, Duane Davie 1925 – 1996
1995 Heade, Martin Johnson St. Augustine 1819 – 1904
1987 Hemingway, Ernest Key West 1899 – 1961
1990 Hurston, Zora Neale Eatonville 1891 – 1960
2011 Hutchinson, James F. Stuart 1932 – 
2002 Jacobs, Lou Sarasota 1903 – 1992
2000 Johnson, James Weldon Jacksonville 1871 – 1938
2006 Johnson, John Rosamond Jacksonville 1873 – 1954
2005 Kennedy, Stetson Beluthahatchee 1916 – 2011
2000 Konigsburg, Elaine L. Ponte Vedra Beach 1930 – 2013
1999 Leeper, Doris New Smyrna Beach 1929 – 2000
2007 Locklin, Lawrence Hankins "Hank" McLellan 1918 – 2009
1991 MacDonald, John D. Sarasota 1916 – 1986
1996 McLean, Will Chipley 1919 – 1990
2001 Mizner, Addison Boca Raton 1872 – 1933
1994 Norton, Ralph Hubbard West Palm Beach 1875 – 1953
2008 Nunez, Victor Tallahassee 1945 – 
2004 Polasek, Albin Winter Park 1879 – 1965
2006 Proctor, W. Stanley "Sandy" Tallahassee 1939 – 
1991 Rauschenberg, Robert Captiva 1925 – 2008
1987 Rawlings, Marjorie Kinnan Cross Creek 1896 – 1953
1993 Reynolds, Burt Jupiter 1936 – 
1987 Ringling, John N. Sarasota 1866 – 1936
1998 Rogers, Gamble St. Augustine 1937 – 1991
2012 Roney, Louis Winter Park 1921 – 
2001 Rosenquist, James Aripeka 1933 – 
2008 Savage, Augusta Green Cove Springs 1892 – 1962
1999 Smith, Patrick D. Merritt Island 1927 – 
2010 Still, Christopher M. Tarpon Springs 1961 – 
2013 Thomas, Frank Lake Wales 1943 – 
2009 Tillis, Mel Silver Springs 1932 – 
2011 Tillotson, Johnny Jacksonville 1939 – 
1994 Uelsmann, Jerry N. Gainesville 1934 – 
1997 Villella, Edward Miami 1936 – 
1994 Williams, Hiram D. Gainesville 1917 – 2003
1989 Williams, Tennessee Key West 1911 – 1983
2013 Woodward, Laura West Palm Beach 1834 – 1926
1994 Zwilich, Ellen Taaffe Miami 1939 – 

Contact

Rachelle Ashmore
Program Coordinator
(850) 245-6490
(850) 245-6454 (fax)
rachelle.ashmore@dos.myflorida.com