Payne receives Nickel Plate Arts Lifetime Achievement Award


ND NICKEL PLATE ARTS 1006 picSue Payne took home the Nickel Plate Arts Lifetime Achievement Award at  the fifth Nickel Plate Arts  Awards during the eighth annual gala. Payne’s professional life in the arts includes more than 50 years of teaching, exploration, leadership and discovery with organizations including Hamilton County Artists’ Association and Conner Prairie.

The 2020 nominees offered an unprecedented variety of nominations for the Nickel Plate Arts Awards, which made the job of selecting winners especially

difficult for the Nickel Plate Arts board members and staff team, Nickel Plate Arts Executive Director Aili McGill said.

“Nickel Plate Arts reaches out to artists and patrons at all levels with the goal of making art an important part of everyone’s lives in the communities we serve,” McGill stated. “This year, the Nickel Plate Arts community has stepped up in some significant ways and created some incredible artwork. We wanted to honor these significant contributions to the arts over the past year.”

Here are the winners in each category:

Emerging Artist of the Year: Jay Thornbury and the Indy Gorgeous Club. Artist of the Year: Korie Pickett. Emerging Patron of the Year: Dick Gordon, Gordon Premium Properties and Gordon Marketing. Patron of the Year: Anthony Najem, Meyer Najem Construction. Arts Educator of the Year:  Jeannette Pomeroy Parssi, Nickel Plate Arts and Ignite Studio. Lifetime Achievement Award: Sue Payne, Hamilton County Artists’ Association and Conner Prairie.

Twenty-two individuals were nominated by community members. The nominees were recognized for their exceptional devotion to the arts.

The event included both silent and live auctions, live music, live in-person and virtual art demonstration,.

McGill was thrilled with the enthusiasm from its gala and awards night, both from in-person and virtual ticketholders.

We can’t wait to jump back in tomorrow morning and continue to advocate for a vibrant arts scene in Central Indiana,” McGill stated. “Our network of artists, community partners and patrons is what fuels us to keep moving forward.”

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