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.

2015 Florida Artists Hall of Fame Inductee

Carlisle Floyd

Carlisle Floyd is one of the foremost composers of opera in the US today, with a career spanning over 50 years. Born in 1926, Floyd earned a bachelor and master of music degree in piano and composition at Syracuse University. He began his teaching career in 1947 as part of the piano faculty at Florida State University, eventually becoming a professor of composition. It was at FSU that he wrote his first nine operas, including his most popular,Susannah (1953–54).

He has also gained increasing attention for his non-operatic works. Floyd’s orchestral song cycle, Citizen of Paradise (1984), was recently performed by Suzanne Mentzer. He was commissioned by the American Choral Directors Association to complete a large-scale work for chorus, bass-baritone soloist, and orchestra titled A Time to Dance (1993). His works are among the most performed operas by American composers.  

Nomination Process

The Florida Council on Arts and Culture reviews nominations annually and makes recommendations to the Secretary of State. Nominations are open now and submitted online by 11:59 pm on June 30. Please click here to access the nomination form. 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.

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

Name 

Inducted

City

Life

Alfred Hair and the Florida Highwaymen

2004

Fort Pierce

 

Abbott, George

1993

Miami Beach

1887 – 1995

Backus, A. E. "Bean"

1993

Fort Pierce

1906 – 1990

Brice, Jacqueline

2012

Jupiter

1935 – 

Broward, Robert C.

2012

Jacksonville

1926 – 

Browning, Ricou

2012

Tallahassee

1930 – 

Buffett, Jimmy

2000

Key West

1946 – 

Bujones, Fernando

2002

Miami

1955 – 2005

Butcher, Clyde

1998

Ochopee

1942 – 

Charles, Ray

1992

Greenville

1930 – 2004

Crews, Harry

2009

Gainesville

1935 – 2012

Cunningham, Earl

2003

St. Augustine

1893 – 1977

Diddley, Bo

2010

Archer

1928 – 2008

Douglas, Marjory Stoneman

1993

Coconut Grove

1890 – 1998

Estefan, Gloria

2013

Miami

1957 – 

Firestone, George

1988

Miami

1931 – 

Floyd, Carlisle

2015

Tallahassee

1926 –

Foster, William P.

2003

Tallahassee

1919 – 2010

Hanson, Duane

1992

Davie

1925 – 1996

Heade, Martin Johnson

1995

St. Augustine

1819 – 1904

Hemingway, Ernest

1987

Key West

1899 – 1961

Hurston, Zora Neale

1990

Eatonville

1891 – 1960

Hutchinson, James F.

2011

Stuart

1932 – 

Jacobs, Lou

2002

Sarasota

1903 – 1992

Johnson, James Weldon

2000

Jacksonville

1871 – 1938

Johnson, John Rosamond

2006

Jacksonville

1873 – 1954

Kennedy, Stetson

2005

Beluthahatchee

1916 – 2011

Konigsburg, Elaine L.

2000

Ponte Vedra Beach

1930 – 2013

Leeper, Doris

1999

New Smyrna Beach

1929 – 2000

Locklin, Lawrence Hankins "Hank"

2007

McLellan

1918 – 2009

MacDonald, John D.

1991

Sarasota

1916 – 1986

McLean, Will

1996

Chipley

1919 – 1990

Mizner, Addison

2001

Boca Raton

1872 – 1933

Norton, Ralph Hubbard

1994

West Palm Beach

1875 – 1953

Nunez, Victor

2008

Tallahassee

1945 – 

Polasek, Albin

2004

Winter Park

1879 – 1965

Proctor, W. Stanley "Sandy"

2006

Tallahassee

1939 – 

Rauschenberg, Robert

1991

Captiva

1925 – 2008

Rawlings, Marjorie Kinnan

1987

Cross Creek

1896 – 1953

Reynolds, Burt

1993

Jupiter

1936 – 

Ringling, John N.

1987

Sarasota

1866 – 1936

Rogers, Gamble

1998

St. Augustine

1937 – 1991

Roney, Louis

2012

Winter Park

1921 – 

Rosenquist, James

2001

Aripeka

1933 – 

Savage, Augusta

2008

Green Cove Springs

1892 – 1962

Smith, Patrick D.

1999

Merritt Island

1927 – 

Still, Christopher M.

2010

Tarpon Springs

1961 – 

Thomas, Frank

2013

Lake Wales

1943 – 

Tillis, Mel

2009

Silver Springs

1932 – 

Tillotson, Johnny

2011

Jacksonville

1939 – 

Uelsmann, Jerry N.

1994

Gainesville

1934 – 

Villella, Edward

1997

Miami

1936 – 

Williams, Hiram D.

1994

Gainesville

1917 – 2003

Williams, Tennessee

1989

Key West

1911 – 1983

Woodward, Laura

2013

West Palm Beach

1834 – 1926

Zwilich, Ellen Taaffe

1994

Miami

1939 – 

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