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Murfreesboro Laureates

An exhibit of work by the 2020 Murfreesboro Laureates: Dawna Magliacano, Amie Whittemore, and Tommy Womack

Gallery at the Center

110 West College Street 

Murfressboro, 37130



The Murfreesboro Cultural Arts Laureate Program is a notable honor for local artists, providing recipients with further opportunities to educate, advocate, and represent the community through their own creative initiatives. Laureates serve for one year with an optional one-year renewal.

The City of Murfreesboro recognized its third Painter, Poet and Photographer Laureates in January 2020. (Term begins January 2020 and ends December 2020).


The Laureates are considered a civic appointment and one of honor. The Laureate program is designed to acknowledge the work and contributions of local artists. The selected artists receive a year’s commitment for exposure and community support for the work they do and a $500 monetary award. In turn, the Laureates will complete new work inspired by Murfreesboro, exhibit their practice and expertise at city events, and complete several community outreach arts related projects that will target non-traditional and/or under-served audiences during their tenure as Laureate. Laureates serve for one year with an optional one-year renewal. 


To be considered for the Laureate Program candidates must live or work in Murfreesboro, fill out the requisite program application, and agree to the responsibilities of the Laureate. 

The Cultural Arts Laureate Program was founded with the intent to give experienced individual artists an opportunity to share their talents with their community, offer youth citizens and emerging artists role models within their own community, and to encourage and nurture the growing arts and creative culture in Murfreesboro. The desired outcomes of this initiative are that each year the selected Laureates will use their creative practice to impact their community in a way that they find rewarding and continue to give time to after their term, that this program will encourage artists to set goals within their own community, that the community will be best served by the arts, and lives will be enriched by the work the Laureates accomplish. 

-From the Murfreesboro, TN website


Painter Laureate

Dawna Kinne Magliacano is a multi-discipline artist who considers herself a visual storyteller and art adventurer. "I am in love with exploring art processes and then combining those processes to tell a story." From traditional portraiture and painting to sculpting, her work leans toward the whimsical and enchanting with often amusing story lines and lots of color.

She has been an artist for over 45 years, but officially and full-time for the past twelve years. Her work has earned a number of accolades and she has been featured in multiple publications including two volumes of the North Light Publications titled Incite: The Best of Mixed Media. Her work is collected internationally.

Find out more or follow Dawna Magliacano @: www.dkmagarts.com

Poet Laureate

Amie Whittemore is the author of the poetry collection Glass Harvest (Autumn House Press). Her poems have won multiple awards, including a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prize, and her poems and prose have appeared in The Gettysburg Review, Nashville Review, Smartish Pace, Pleiades, and elsewhere. She is the Reviews Editor for Southern Indiana Review and teaches English at Middle Tennessee State University.

Photographer Laureate

Tommy Womack is a freelance Website designer. As he grew his business he realized that a website needs attractive imagery, eye catching photographs, video and animation. This realization lead him to pursue photography classes and spurned a new passion.

His photography and web design business introduced him to 360 Virtual imaging. This new way of capturing life has grown into a virtual library featuring local events and places. Tommy’s photography features a mixture of local landscapes and current events.

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