The Board of Directors of the Anne McKee Artists Fund recently awarded 14 project-based grants to Florida Keys visual and literary artists.  The awards support specific creative projects proposed by each recipient.  Established in 1994 by Anne McKee, a longtime Key West resident and supporter of the arts, the Fund assists talented individuals with qualified creative endeavors.  Since its inception, the Fund has awarded over $300,000 to visual artists, writers and performing artists who live in Monroe County.

The Fund’s 2020 grant recipients are:


  • Visual Arts Grants


      • Carol Bruno
      • Cricket Desmarais
      • Margo Ellis
      • Michael Marrero
      • Alisa Mealor
      • Gretchen Mills
      • Mathew Puppich
      • Kinga Tamas
      • Meggi Siegert
      • Dawn Wilkins


  • Literary Arts Grants
      • Kim Pederson
      • Joanna Schmida
      • Marlene Koenig
      • Amber Nolan


This year the Board chose to award a grant for a local art teacher due to the current situation that caused schools to be closed. Ashlie Hood, Art Teacher at HOB Middle School will assemble and distribute art kits for students at home. 

In addition, special grants were awarded to Ben Harrison, (Adeline Turner Outstanding Achievement for Performing Art) and Lenny Addorisio (Jack Baron Award for Outstanding Achievement Visual Art.)

Congratulations to all the grant recipients.  For more information about the Anne McKee Artist’s Fund, its annual auction and artist grants, visit