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Governor's Arts Awards

The Governor's Arts Awards is an annual event recognizing individuals and organizations whose efforts have impacted the arts in their communities or throughout the state. First awarded in 1975, the awards are presented by the Governor during a special ceremony at the Oklahoma State Capitol.

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2014 Governor's Arts Awards Recipients

The Governor's Award recognizes longtime leadership and significant contributions to the arts. Honorees are:

Cotton County Art Council, Walters
Judy Love, Oklahoma City

The Business in the Arts Award recognizes individuals, businesses and corporations that exhibit outstanding support of the arts in Oklahoma. Honorees are:

Fred Jones Family Foundation, Oklahoma City
The Community State Bank, Poteau

The Media in the Arts Award is given to an individual member of the media or media outlet that demonstrates commitment to the arts in Oklahoma documented through public awareness, support, fairness, initiative, creativity and professionalism in reporting. The honoree is:

Nancy Hermann, Tulsa

The Arts in Education Award recognizes an individual, organization, school, educator or group for their outstanding leadership and service in the arts benefitting youth and/or arts in education. Honorees are:

deadCENTER Film Festival, Oklahoma City
Leonardo's Children's Museum, Enid
Katherine Liontas-Warren, Lawton
Denise Lovell, Atoka
Ron Predl, Tulsa

The Community Service Award recognizes individuals for significant contributions to the arts in specific Oklahoma communities in the areas of leadership and volunteerism. Honorees are:

Daniel J. Brackett, Oklahoma City
Cynthia Kent, Lawton
Julia Kirt, Oklahoma City
Ann and Chuck Neal, Miami
Vickie Norick, Oklahoma City
Dr. Lester Shaw, Tulsa

The George Nigh Public Service in the Arts Award recognizes an Oklahoma government official or entity for outstanding support of the arts. The honoree is:

State Representative Lee Denney, Cushing

A Special Recognition Award recognizes an individual or organization that has made a unique contribution in support of the arts. Honorees are:
Oklahoma Community Theatre Association, Oklahoma City

Tulsa's Young Professionals, Tulsa

The Marilyn Douglass Memorial Award recognizes an outstanding Arts Council member and was established in 1980, in honor of Marilyn Douglass, a former council member. The honoree is:

James A. Pickel, Oklahoma City

The Governor's Arts Awards

Each year, the Oklahoma Arts Council solicits nominations for the Governor's Arts Awards. Nominations are accepted beginning in June, and the deadline for submissions is in early August.

Selection Process
Award recipients are selected by members of the Governor's Arts Awards Selection Committee, which is comprised of Governor-appointed Oklahoma Arts Council board members, and may include past Governor's Award recipients. The Selection Committee reserves the right to honor a recipient in a category of its choice. 

Nominees must be current, full-time Oklahoma residents or organizations that work in and for the benefit of Oklahoma. Previous recipients of the Governor's Award are not eligible. To view past award winners, click here.

The Selection Committee reserves the right to honor a recipient in a category of its choice. 

The following sections are included in the nomination form. Submissions do not have to address every section:



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