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Governor's Arts Awards

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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The Governor's Arts Awards

The Oklahoma Arts Council begins accepting nominations for the annual Governor's Arts Awards in June. Deadline for nominations is in early August. An online nomination form is made available during the nomination period.

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 recipients, click here.

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

The following is used as criteria by the Selection Committee. Submissions do not have to address all criteria:


Past Governor's Arts Awards Recipients

Click here to view past Governor's Arts Awards recipients.


The following are made available during the Governor's Arts Awards ceremony:

If you plan to attend the Governor's Arts Awards ceremony and have needs related to accessibility not listed above, please contact us at (405) 521-2931 or It is the goal of the Oklahoma Arts Council staff to meet the needs of all our constituents who wish to attend the Governor's Arts Awards.

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