The 2012 Howie Award winners will by honored by the Howard County Arts Council at the 16th Annual Celebration of the Arts next month.

The celebration, scheduled for Saturday, March 23 at the Peter and Elizabeth Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center at Howard Community College in Columbia, will honor the 2012 Outstanding Artist, Outstanding Arts Educator, Outstanding Community Supporter of the Arts, and the recipients of the Legacy in the Arts Award.


Bruce Nelson has been named the 2012 Outstanding Artist. Nelson, a professional actor and teacher in the Baltimore, Washington, D.C. area for 25 years, is a member of the company at Everyman Theatre in Baltimore, Rep Stage in Columbia and Woolly Mammoth Theatre in Washington, D.C.

He has had current and past adjunct faculty positions at Stevenson University, Howard Community College and the University of Baltimore, and works with Project Access and the All-County Improv Troupe in Howard County. He is the founder of Stage Presence LLC, which helps business leaders improve presentation skills through acting techniques.

Shawn Costello has been named the 2012 Outstanding Arts Educator. Costello has taught art in Howard County schools for 24 years, and is currently the art teacher at Lisbon Elementary School in Woodbine.

The founder of the Community Art Center at Towson University, where she received her Masters in Art Education after graduation from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Costello has illustrated three children's books and has worked for children's magazines "Cricket" and "Spider."

Kevin Kelehan, a partner with the law firm Carney, Kelehan, Bresler, Bennett and Scherr, is the 2012 Outstanding Community Supporter of the Arts.

Kelehan has represented the Columbia Festival of the Arts for nearly a decade, and has worked with the county government, school system and the Arts Council to draft a memorandum of understanding stipulating the number of days the Jim Rouse Theatre for the Performing Arts in Columbia can be used for community event. He serves on HCC's Education Foundation Board.

Pat and Steve Teller are being honored with the Legacy in the Arts Award. The Elkridge couple have been involved in theater for 42 years, and in the Howard County theater community for 27 years, working on- and off-stage with the Laurel Stagecrafters and the Columbia Community Players.

Currently, with Steve serves on the Board of Directors for Silhouette Stages, while Pat handles ticketing. Steve Teller is also the technical director at Slayton House.

Tickets for the celebration are $50 and $100, and are available by calling 410-313-2787, or online at hocoarts.org.