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Governor's Arts Awards

Governor's Arts Awards


2019 Governor's Arts Awards

The deadline to submit nominations for the 2019 Governor's Arts Awards was September 17, 2018. If you would like to receive announcements about the 2019 Governor's Arts Awards, sign up for our email news.

About the 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.

The nominating period for the Governor's Arts Awards takes place during the summer. Awards are determined by a Selection Committee comprised of members of the Governor-appointed Oklahoma Arts Council board. The Selection Committee meeting takes places in the fall. The Governor's Arts Awards ceremony takes place in the spring in the fourth floor rotunda of the Oklahoma State Capitol.

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View photos from the February 2018 ceremony.

Past Award Recipients

Since the first Governor's Arts Awards in 1975, hundreds of individuals and organizations from across Oklahoma have been recognized for their efforts in the arts. View a list of past award recipients by year, category, and/or name.


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. View past award recipients.

Nominations for arts organizations, employees of arts organizations, or educators should reflect activity beyond normal expectations or responsibilities.


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



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


Nominations are accepted during the nominating period, which generally takes place during the summer. Nominations require a two- to three-page typewritten narrative that addresses the nominee's efforts related to the criteria listed on this page. Up to three pages of optional support materials are accepted, but not required. Support materials may include news clippings, letters of support, and other items that demonstrate the nominee's impact. Audio and video materials are not be accepted.


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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