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Mu Performing Arts founder Rick Shiomi receives top McKnight honor

Rick Shiomi, co-founder of St. Paul’s Theater Mu (now Mu Performing Arts) has been named the 2015 McKnight Distinguished Artist.

The award from the McKnight Foundation includes a $50,000 cash prize and recognizes Minnesota artists for their contribution to the cultural life of the state.

No stranger to big honors, Shiomi has previously received a Ivey lifetime achievement award from the Twin Cities theater community and a Sally Award from the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. The 67-year-old playwright, director and actor has been gathering accolades since the 1992 founding of Mu, from which he retired in 2013 (although he has continued to work there and around the country) …

Read the full article at Pioneer Press online.

Topic: Arts, The McKnight Distinguished Artist Award

May 2015