Best Arts Leader

Best Arts Leader SRQ Magaznieth_BestOf211040523038
Virginia Hoffman and Iain Webb

Sarasota is one of the most successful arts communities in the nation,
but how does it keep that position? Our  readers say advocates and fine arts leaders like sculptor Virginia Hoffman and Sarasota Ballet Director Iain Webb help us stay on top. The two artists tied for top honors this award season, noted by readers not simply for the beauty of their craft, but for the nurturing they provide to rising artists in this region. Also in the running this year were Key Chorale Artistic Director Joseph Caulkins, Ringling College of Art and Design President Dr. Larry Thompson and Sarasota Orchestra Conductor Leif Bjaland, who all earned standing ovations and tied for first runner-up. –JO