The Arkansas Arts Council is pleased to reveal the recipients of the 2012 Governor's Arts Awards. Sponsored annually by the Arkansas Arts Council, the Governor's Arts Awards recognize individuals and corporations for their outstanding contributions to the arts in Arkansas.
The recipients were nominated by the public and then selected by an independent panel of arts professionals from around the state. Each recipient will receive an original work of art created by glass artists Charles and Michael Riley of Hot Springs, owners of Riley Art Glass Studio in Hot Springs.
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Zeek Taylor – Eureka Springs
ARTS COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AWARD
Jeff Baskin – North Little Rock
ARTS IN EDUCATION AWARD
Christen Burke Pitts – North Little Rock
Clayton Scott – Fayetteville
CORPORATE SPONSORSHIP OF THE ARTS AWARD
TRUE Visionary Marketing − Jonesboro
Marty Phillips – Crossett
INDIVIDUAL ARTIST AWARD
John Jeter – Fort Smith
Drs. Mack and Vern Ann Shotts – Paragould
JUDGES SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD
Jim D. Johnson – Little Rock
The panelists were chairman Michael Tidwell, board member, Arkansas Arts Council; Husny Dahlan, assistant professor of art, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff; Lana Hallmark, fine arts specialist, Arkansas Department of Education; Mike Malek, retired professor, University of Arkansas Community College at Hope; Clyde Milner, Heritage Studies Program Director and history professor at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro; and Bob Pest, board member, Arkansas Arts Council.
About the Arkansas Arts Council
The Arkansas Arts Council was established in 1966 to enable the state of Arkansas to receive funds from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 1971, Act 359 (A.C.A. § 13-8-101 et seq.) gave independent agency status to the Arts Council, with an executive director and a 17-member council appointed by the governor. In 1975, the Arts Council became an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage.
As an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, the Arkansas Arts Council shares the goals of all its agencies, of preserving and enhancing the heritage of the state of Arkansas.