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Lennon Wins Mayoral Artist of the Year Award

Published: October 11, 2005

Susan Taylor Lennon, an associate professor of dance, was awarded the Mayor's Artist of the Year Award on Sept. 29. The annual award, now in its second year, honors an artist who has made an impact on the Tampa community.

Lennon is the director of UT’s dance program and an accomplished performer, choreographer and storyteller. She has national and international credits, but in Tampa, Lennon is best known for her work with The Tampa Ballet, Whose Move -- Dance-Mime-Theatre Troupe, The Dance Project, and her own Susan Taylor & Company.

Lennon is a graduate of Robinson High School and earned a master's degree in dance from Florida State University. For almost 25 years, she has made significant contributions to dance in Tampa. Lennon has frequently taken dance performances beyond traditional stages and into historic buildings, parks and street corners. She has collaborated with countless visual and performing artists of all genres.

She is a two-time recipient of an individual artists' grant from the state of Florida, and has received local grants, honors and awards for her work both as a performer and as a community arts organizer. Lennon currently works with elderly and mentally challenged adults and offers community workshops in creativity. She serves on the board of directors for Friends of Tampa Recreation and Creative Tampa Bay.

Lennon’s most recent one-woman show, Telling Secrets -- A Moving Memoir (which combined dance, storytelling, and visual arts) premiered in August at UT’s Scarfone/Hartley Gallery. Her performance will be repeated in October at the Ybor City campus of Hillsborough Community College.

For more information, contact the Office of Public Information at or (813) 253-6232.