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
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.
Polly Page - woodcarver/dollmaker in Pleasant Hill
WDVX - Independent Radio Station in Knoxville
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.
Donald Fann - Woodbury
James C. "Jim" Martin - Johnson City
Knox Phillips - Memphis
David Porter - Memphis
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.
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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