Govorner's Arts Award


Tennessee’s highest honor in the arts was awarded Tuesday, April 23, 2013 to nine recipients that represent the state’s finest
cultural traditions. Established in 1971, the Governor’s Arts Awards will be presented by Gov. Bill Haslam and First Lady
Crissy Haslam in a special ceremony produced by the Tennessee Arts Commission.

“We congratulate each recipient of the 2013 Governor’s Arts Awards,” said Anne Pope, executive director of the Tennessee
Arts Commission. “These exceptional individuals represent excellence in the arts, and illustrate the rich diversity of our state’s
cultural heritage. It’s gratifying to see their many accomplishments recognized in such a special way.”

Recipients were selected from a field of nominees in three different categories – Folklife Heritage, Arts Leadership, and
Distinguished Artist.




Folklife Heritage Award

Presented to folk artists or organizations that have made outstanding contributions to artistic tradition. The award honors significant achievements within art forms that are rooted in the traditional or ethnic cultures of Tennessee.

2013 Recipients

Polly Page - woodcarver/dollmaker in Pleasant Hill

WDVX - Independent Radio Station in Knoxville


Arts Leadership Award

Presented to arts organizations, businesses, educators, patrons, arts administrators, corporations and volunteers that have demonstrated significant support or participation in activities on a statewide basis that advances the value of the arts in Tennessee communities.

2013 Recipients

Donald Fann - Woodbury

James C. "Jim" Martin - Johnson City

Knox Phillips - Memphis

David Porter - Memphis



Distinguished Artist Award

Presented to Tennessee artists of exceptional talent and creativity in any discipline who have contributed to the arts and influenced directions, trends and aesthetic practices on a state and national level.

2013 Recipients

Bobby "Blue" Bland - Germantown

Ann Patchett - Nashville

Jim Sherraden - Nashville



Recipients are selected by an inter board committee of the Tennessee Arts Commission comprised of the Commission’s board members and representatives from the Governor’s and First Lady’s offices.

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