CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO—The Arts Council of Southeast Missouri is proud to announce the winners of the 2017 Otto F. Dingeldein and Friend of the Arts Awards. Recipients of these prestigious awards were announced at the Dingeldein Gala, held in their honor on Friday, February 23rd, 2018 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Law Firm of Montgomery and Greaser in downtown Cape Girardeau.


The Otto F. DingeldeinAwardwas established in 1975 and honors living individuals whose artistic achievements have made a considerable impact on the cultural enrichment of the Cape Girardeau community. The award can be given to artists, non-artists, or to organizations.

Caroline Kahler, who holds emeritus status on the Board of Directors at the Arts Council, and sitting Chair of the Art Department at Southeast Missouri State University, was named the winner of this year’s Otto F. Dingeldein Award. Her lifetime achievement as an art educator and artist set her apart from the other nominees. She says, “One of the things that I think has been the hallmark of my career as an artist is always connecting to the community ... and it has been an honor to connect to Cape Girardeau and to Southeast Missouri State University.”

The Friend of the Arts Award was established in 2002 and is one of the highest honors the Arts Council can bestow upon an individual, or organization, within the community. Nominees are involved with the Arts Council in a capacity that helps the organization achieve its goals for programming and outreach. This assistance can be delivered either through the nominee's service as a volunteer or through donations of funds or goods.

The winner of the Friend of the Arts Award this year was Ronald Nall. Ronald Nall, recently retired form a long teach career in the Cape Girardeau Public School System as Band Director, including Marching Band, Concert Band, and Jazz Band.  He was the director of the city Municipal Band that filled the summer air with every style of orchestral offerings from marches to waltzes! He says “It’s an honor to receive this. When you do something, you usually do it because you like it. And I never planned on getting anything special or any awards, it’s just, I like being a band director and I like Teaching, so that’s what I did.” He ended his speech by stating “I didn’t do anything trying to get anything. I just did it because I really liked it.”

The Arts Council would like to thank the Montgomery and Greaser Law Firm for hosting this year’s Dingeldein Gala, as well as all of the volunteers and Board Members who so generously donated their time and resources to make this year’s Gala so special.

For biographies, or more information about the candidates, please contact Sara Steffens at the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri.

The Arts Council of Southeast Missouri is located at 16 North Spanish Street in Cape Girardeau, MO. The gallery is open Tuesday - Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 pm.


(Attached photo courtesy of: Fred Lynch with the Southeast Missourian; Pictured from left to right:

Caroline Kahler and Joni Hand



(Attached photo courtesy of: Fred Lynch with the Southeast Missourian; Pictured from left to right:

Joni Hand and Ronald Nall




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