Rochester stages magical night for the arts

Greg Miller, the artistic director of the Rochester Civic Theatre, accepts an Ardee Award for Outstanding Artist during the Celebration of Excellence in the Arts: The Fete! on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016, at the Mayo Civic Center.
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There was some sleight of hand Tuesday night at The Fete , Rochester's annual salute to the arts.

Peter Gloviczki, a Mayo Clinic surgeon, who also happens to be an award-winning magician, performed a series of magic tricks for the audience of 200 gathered in the Mayo Civic Center auditorium.

As a physician, Gloviczki said, "I believe that medicine is science and art. Science is absolutely needed. But in fact, with individual patients, what we practice is the art of medicine."

Magic, too, is art, Gloviczki maintained, and then demonstrated that art with illusions and tricks.

After Gloviczki's magic, the event settled down to the main duty of the evening: handing out the Ardee Awards, which are named for Rochester Mayor Ardell Brede in recognition of his longtime support of the arts.


Brede opened the festivities by giving the Mayor's Award for Public Art to Wayne Flock of Arts on the Avenue in the Slatterly Park neighborhood. The other nominees were Rochester composer and music instructor Kevin Dobbe, and the Parkside Gallery at Charter House.

A surprise "Arts Hero" award was given to Randy Chapman, Post-Bulletin publisher emeritus, for his support of the arts in Rochester and the region. The award was made by Bari Amadio, chief executive officer of the Rochester Arts and Cultural Trust, which puts on The Fete.

The awards in the remaining categories:

Excellence in Arts Education — Winner: Children's Dance Theatre of Rochester. Other nominees: Minnesota Children's Museum-Rochester, and Rochester Civic Theatre Company's education programs.

Outstanding Youth in Arts — Winner; Southeastern Minnesota Youth Orchestras. Other nominees: Words Players/Minnesota SkyVault Theatre, and Boys and Girls Club arts program.

Outstanding Volunteer in the Arts — Winner: The Gonda Singers. Other nominees: Booker Mini Foundation, and Nick Mezacapa.

Outstanding Greater Rochester Arts — Winner: Minnesota Marine Art Museum. Other nominees: Winona Symphony Orchestra, and Wits' End Theatre of Chatfield.

Outstanding Artist — Winner: Greg Miller of Rochester Civic Theatre. Other nominees: Amara Vercnocke, and Terri Allred.


Arts Collaboration — Winner: Destination Medical Center-Rochester Downtown Alliance-Rochester Art Center for the Place Makers prototyping project. Other nominees: Choral Arts Ensemble with members of the local cultural community, and Rochester Civic Theatre-National Alliance on Mental Illness-Rochester Olmsted Youth Commission.

Leadership in the Arts — Winner: Jack and Mary Ann Remick. Other nominees: Debi Neville, and Wayne Flock.

People's Choice Award — Winner: Women on Wednesdays at Rochester Civic Theatre. Other nominees: Rochester International Film Festival, and Down by the Riverside.

This was the fourth annual Ardee Awards celebration.

Ardee Award winners take the stage at the end of the Celebration of Excellence in the Arts: The Fete! on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016, at the Mayo Civic Center.

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