The 2014 Manship Marquee Award will be presented to Katherine Scherer at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday before the “Cool Winter Nights and Hot Jazz” performance in the Manship Theatre in the Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St.

The award is presented each year to one person for extraordinary service to the Baton Rouge community through the arts.

The first Manship Theatre Marquee Award was presented in 2012 to Zia “The Cat” Tammami. Last year’s recipient was Adrienne Moore.

A Louisiana native, Scherer has been with the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge since 1998, having served as deputy director since 2006.

In the past 16 years, she has directed and produced signature programs for the Arts Council, including Fest for All and the Baton Rouge Arts Market. She also is the director for the Arts Council’s annual fundraiser, Laurel Street Palooza.

Scherer serves as liaison with community/governmental partners, volunteers, artists, arts organizations, committees, funders and boards. She is a 2006 graduate of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber’s Leadership Baton Rouge and a 2007 honoree of the Greater Baton Rouge Business Report’s 40 Under 40.

Twice, Scherer has been the recipient of a Louisiana Division of the Arts artist award grant.

She also has been the recipient of a Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation award. Scherer is an advisory board member for Of Moving Colors and the Baton Rouge Gallery and is a board member for Friends of the Animals, a nonprofit animal welfare organization.

Scherer is a fine arts photographer and artist member of Baton Rouge Gallery and has exhibited work at the Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans; the Louisiana State Archives, Baton Rouge; the Naomi Silva Gallery in Atlanta; and the Stephen Cohen Gallery in Los Angeles.

In 2011, she was invited to present her Society of St. Anne Mardi Gras portraits at the Bordello Galeria in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. The exhibit coincided with the beginning of the famous San Miguel’s Day of the Dead festivities.

In 2010, Scherer published two photography books: “The Society of St. Anne: A Neighborhood Celebration of Mardi Gras in New Orleans” and “San Miguel de Allende: A Journey to the Heart of Old Mexico.”

For more information, call (225) 344-0334 or visit