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The Fine Arts

Top five vote-getters, as chosen by Artvoice readers, listed in no particular order. Winners will be announced at the Best of Buffalo Party, Monday, May 14, 6pm, at the Town Ballroom

Best Actor/Actress
Lisa Ludwig
Loraine O’Donnell
Matt Witten
Tim Newell
Vincent O’Neill
Best Burlesque Performer
Rachel Kropczynski
Cat McCarthy
Coleen Dunphy
Chelsea Green
Jamie Doktor
Best Dance Company
Configuration Dance Theatre
Neglia Ballet
Zodiaque Dance Company
Best Dancer
Stacy Zawadzki
Bonnie Taylor
Shane Fry
Sergio Neglia
Ashley Vita Verde
Best Drag Performer
Kerin Cadelle (RIP)
Gladys Over
Vicky Vogue (RIP)
Miss Understood
Chevon Davis
Best Genre-defying Artists
Chevon davis
Chuck Tingley
Eclectic Improv Company
Arlowe Price
Buffalo ComedySportz
Best Movie Theater
North Park Theatre
Amherst Theatre
Market Arcade Film & Arts Centre
Aurora Theatre
Hamburg Palace
Best Painter
Chuck Tingley
Dorothy Fitzgerald
Mark Madden
A. J. Fries
Phil Durgan

Editor's Pick: Best photographer - Luke Copping

Editorial and commercial portrait photographer Luke Copping has the skill level and grasp of image marketing that could easily carry him to a larger city such as New York City. Yet he chooses to base himself in Western New York. Named one of the American Society of Media Photographers Best of 2011, Copping’s bold, slightly offbeat, and provocative portraits carry his signature style and sense of personal branding. His clients and publishers include NBC Sports, Blast Films, A&E, Black Enterprise Magazine, Auxiliary Magazine, T&M magazine, Independent Health, Block Club,, NOW Magazine, PDN, Visions Magazine, Sayers Media, Aesthetic Associates Centers, Made by Anatomy, and more. View his photography at

- jill greenberg

Best Photographer
Mark Callen
Neal Urban
Chuck Alaimo
Marcus L. Wise
Luke Copping
Best Poet
Celia White
Josh Smith
Lisa Forrest
Liam Clark
James Osieja
Best Sculptor
Julie Silver
Scott Bye
David Derner
Cousin Kelly
Larry W. Griffis III
Best Spoken-word Artist
MC Vendetta
Alex Mead
Verneice Turner
Jim Osieja
Josh Smith
Best Standup Comic
Rob Lederman
Josh Potter
Peter Bisuito
Greg Bauch
Kristen Becker
Best Theater Company
Irish Classical Theater Company
Road Less Traveled Productions
Red Carpet Theater Productions
Theatre of Youth
Best Up-and-coming Art Space
The Vault
Main (St)udios @ 515 Main
Buffalo Artspace
464 Gallery
Sp@ce 224 Allen Street

Editor's Pick: Best Genre-defying Artist - OGRE

Matt Grote, a.k.a. OGRE, is an artist who lives and works in Buffalo and has exhibited his frantic, illustrative, street-style artwork at 464 Gallery, Allen Street Hardware Café, and Asbury Hall at Babeville. Whether it is in bold black and white or vibrant colors, Grote’s line style is energetic and dynamic, drawing inspiration from underground street cultures and graffiti street art. While he has explored many characters including villains, Grote focuses mainly on his alter ego, OGRE. Grote makes use of OGRE as a way to create a character that has the potential to grow larger than life and as a way to remove himself from the bigger picture, similar to the way street artists use tag names to create public personae. What Ogre lacks in eloquence he makes up for with an in-your-face personality that comes through in bold and bright street art that speaks for itself. Follow Ogre at

- jill greenberg

Best Video/Film Artist
Marc Odien
Daniel James
Keith Harrington (aka Projex)
Crimson Pestilence
Keith Barker
Best Writer
Jon Elston
Donna Hoke
Gary Earl Ross
Justin Karcher
Tom Waters
Best Cultural Asset
Shea’s Performing Arts Center
Burchfield Penney Art Center
Shakespeare in Delaware Park
Albright-Knox Art Gallery
Buffalo Philharmonc Orchestra
Best Supporter of the Arts
Robby Takac
Marcus L. Wise
M&T Bank
Give for Greatness

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And the Winners Are...

Nominees listed in each category represent the top 5 vote-getters in their respective categories, listed in no particular order. Best of Buffalo winners were the top vote-getter in their category.

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