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. 

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 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.

For a full description of the program, award policies, and all inductees, visit the Division of Cultural Affairs Hall of Fame page.

The musicians who have been inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame include:

   

Buffett, Jimmy

2000

Charles, Ray

1992

Dean, Billy

2017

Diddley, Bo

2010

Estefan, Gloria

2013

Felder, Don

2017

Floyd, Carlisle

2015

Hurston, Zora Neale

1990

Johnson, James Weldon

2000

Johnson, John Rosamond

2006

Locklin, Lawrence Hankins "Hank"

2007

McLean, Will

1996

Petty, Tom

2014

Rogers, Gamble

1998

Roney, Louis

2012

Stafford, Jim

2017

Thomas, Frank

2013

Tillis, Mel

2009

Tillotson, Johnny

2011

Zwilich, Ellen Taaffe

1994

Florida Folk Heritage Award

Based on recommendations from the Florida Folklife Council, the Secretary of State confers Florida Folk Heritage Awards annually. The awards are given to outstanding folk artists and folk culture advocates who have made long-standing contributions to the folk cultural resources of the state. Established in 1985, the program parallels the National Heritage Fellowships.

Each June, the Division of Historical Resources formally announces the award program and solicits nominations through a statewide news release and letters to interested individuals and organizations. Nominations received by October 1 are considered in the selection of the award recipients for the following year.

For a full description of the program, award policies, and past recipients, visit the Florida Folklife Program's Heritage Awards page.

Musicians, dancers and instrument makers who have received the Florida Folk Heritage Award include:

 

Atkins, Charles

2002

Brandt, Kauii'healani Mahikoa

2003

Brooks, Mack

2012

Cooke, William "Washboard Bill"

1992

Culbreath, Julian "Goose"

1992

Custer, George

1990

Demps, Troy

2003

Deng, Haiqiong

2017

Eason, Willie Claude

1995

Emerson, William

2017

Epstein, Max, Willie & Julius

1997

Fernandez, Emelia

1996

Filgueiras, Clarita

2012

Fitchen, Eugenia Sisinni

2001

Fonta, Paco & Celia

2016

Gianaros, John K.

1994

Goodson, Ida

1987

Granado, Tomás

2007

Green, Willie

2017

Grooms, Don

1996

Hollis, Major

1994

Hurston, Zora Neale

1989

James, Willie

1999

Johnson, Joseph

2008

Jones, Willie David

1993

Katsaros, George

1990

Keeney, Edward J.

1999

Kelly, James

2001

Kernahan, Michael

2005

Longley, Langston

2009

Louinis, Louinès & Lucrèce

2016

Maris, Konstantinos

2004

Martin, Wayne

2005

McBride, Alexander

1997

McClain, "Diamond Teeth"

1986

McCormick, Neal "Pappy"

1994

McLean, Will

1990

Ohumukini, Henry Jr.

2001

Pugh, Sullivan & Iola

2002

Ragbir, Romeo

2009

Raulerson, Clayton

1999

Rogers, Gamble

1993

Seaman, Richard

2001

Soffos, George

2011

The Versiteers

1992

Thomas, Frank & Ann

1993

Torres, Luis Ezequiel

2008

Torres, Neri

2013

Tsimouris, Nikitas

1989

Velazquez, Manuel

2004

Walton, Tommy

1994

Wise, Robert "Chubby"

1989

Yao, Ann

2009

York, David "Rock Bottom"

2002

Zeytoonian, Joe

2000