Artist of the Year 

This award is a once in a lifetime honor which is awarded to a member of JWS who has contributed their time and energy to keep the organization going and growing, as well as entering JWS juried shows and winning awards. This is not a monetary award. The candidates must be good artists who have donated their time to help the board by accepting a position on the board, chairing shows, chairing committees or other service to JWS.

The Artist of the Year Award consists of a special show of the artist's work, a plaque expressing the gratitude of JWS, and a unique lapel pin. In 2016, the Board of Directors reviewed the original guidelines and processes for AOTY which were in place from 1997 through 2003, updated and approved them for AOTY for 2016 and later years.  Click here for guidelines and information form for potential AOTY candidates.

The Artist of the Year honor was awarded to 15 JWS members from 1997 to 2003 and 20 from 2008 to 2021. It was reinstated in 2008 to recognize outstanding service to JWS as well as outstanding art work. Additional information about honorees is available by clicking on the name below.

Congratulations to Virginia Meadows
Artist of the Year - 2021

Virginia is being honored for bringing her award-winning artistic talent and her leadership and support of JWS since she joined JWS in 1983, the second year after it was formed.  Virginia has been active in leadership and supporting roles, as VP of Programs for about 10 years and assisting with shows for many years.

Virginia taught art at the Jacksonville Country Day School 1st through 8th grades for 20 years and started an annual art fair for students and their families.  It featured local prominent artists such as Everett Draper and C. Ford Riley.  Before that she taught art in Maryland for 10 years and was an area supervisor who did demonstrations, workshops, and conventions.

Virginia earned her BA and MEd at Towson University with a major in art and concentration in watercolor for her masters. She has participated in several art programs over the years to supplement her art education, including John Hopkins, Schuler School of Art, Savannah School of Art and Design. 

Artist of the Year  1997 - 2003, 2008 - 2021

This page is still a work in process --with miscellaneous images in place of Show cards available and links to information about each honoree.  

The Artist of the Year honor was awarded to 15 JWS members from 1997 to 2003 and 20 from 2008 to 2021. It was reinstated in 2008 to recognize outstanding service to JWS as well as outstanding art work. Additional information about honorees is available by clicking on the name below.   

1997 

Becky  Woodward
Gloria Patterson
Marie Shell

1998

Joan Wellings
Leigh Murphy

1999

Margie Campbell
Toni Charneco

2000

Mary Borshard & Martha Finger

2001

Rosamond Parrish
Neil Kelsey

2002

Judy Lavoie
Charles Stratmann

2003

Charlotte Hall
Miles Batt 2

2008

Carolyn Kelso
Francesca Tabor-Miolla

2009

Ruth Bamberg
Hercel Stallard

2010

Dee Roberts
Renee Winkler

2011

Joan Dorrill
Terese Muller

2012

Kathryn Milkey

2014

Joyce Gabiou

2015

Nancy Banks
Ingrid Prosser

2016

Barbara Berlin
Rita Blum

2017

Fran Grandy
Jeannie Brockhausen

2018

Ted Head
Jennie Szaltis

2019

R. Tuni Weiss

2021

Virginia Meadows