Governor’s Awards in the Arts Honors Kentuckians from Across the Commonwealth
The Kentucky Arts Council has selected the 2005 recipients of the Governor’s Awards in the Arts. The recipients will be honored by Governor Ernie Fletcher and First Lady Glenna Fletcher at a public ceremony and celebration on Thursday, February 9, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. in the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort.
“The individuals and organizations selected for these awards have made Kentucky a better place to live through their tireless contributions to the arts,” said Governor Fletcher. “They exemplify the unbridled spirit of Kentucky and make us all proud to be Kentuckians.”
The Governor’s Awards in the Arts recipients are selected annually in nine different categories, with the Milner Award being the most prestigious and the first established by the Arts Council (then Kentucky Arts Commission) in 1978. The Milner Award is named after the late B. Hudson Milner, a Louisville utility executive and civic leader who served on the Kentucky Arts Commission under four consecutive Governors.
The 2005 recipient of the Milner Award, which recognizes outstanding individual commitment to the arts and their role in the economy, community and culture of Kentucky, is Glema Mahr of Madisonville. Mahr has been a devoted volunteer, outstanding board member and significant donor to the arts-programming endowment of the Madisonville Community College Glema Mahr Center for the Arts.
The National Award honors the Everly Brothers, originally from the Central City area, as Kentuckians who have achieved national acclaim for their artistic achievement. Don and Phil Everly have had such popular hits as “Wake Up Little Susie,” “Bye Bye Love,” and “All I Have to Do Is Dream.” The Everly Brothers continue to perform internationally and return to Kentucky often for the Central City Music Festival. Proceeds from their concerts at the festival go to the Everly Brothers Foundation, which provides college scholarships to Muhlenburg County students and assists with local area economic development projects.
The Artist Award honoring lifetime achievement in the arts will go to Emmy Award winning musician, accompanist, arranger, composer and teacher Jay Flippin of Morehead. An expert in a wide range of musical forms, Flippin has provided four decades of service to the Lexington Singers, the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra, Morehead State University School of Music and the Jay Flippin Quartet.
Artique, with two galleries of fine contemporary craft in Lexington, will receive the Business Award for outstanding support of the arts. Owned by Mike and Kathy Stutland, Artique celebrated its 25th year of business in 2005 and has repeatedly made Niche Magazine’s “Top 100 Galleries of American Craft” as voted on by artists from across the country.
The Baker Hunt Foundation, a non-profit arts school founded in 1922 to serve northern Kentucky area youth and adults, wins the Community Arts Award, for its substantial impact on the community through the arts. Founders Margaretta Baker-Hunt and Kate Scudder created a trust to perpetuate the use of their family Victorian mansion in Covington for instruction in the cultural arts, to fill the gaps between public school instruction and the cultural experiences they wished for the children and adults of the community. For over seventy years, the classes were provided for free. Today enrollment exceeds 800 adults and children, with classes being offered at low-cost or by scholarship.
The Education Award honors Hazel Carver for her lifelong and significant contributions to the arts in education. During her 35 years as band and choral director for Russellville High School, her students were presented at the Kentucky Music Educators Association (KMEA) Festivals and were frequently awarded top performance grades. Carver was Chair of the KMEA Choral Division in 1961 and held that office intermittently until she was elected Editor and Business Manger of the Association’s “Bluegrass Music News” in 1977. The journal went on to win first place at the Music Educators National Conference (MENC). When she retired from the “Bluegrass Music News” editorship in 2003, she received the KMEA’s highest honor, Prism of Excellence, and has since been referred to by that organization as “a legend in her own time.”
Marvin Finn, a true living treasure of Louisville, will receive the Folk Heritage Award for his contributions to promoting and perpetuating Kentucky’s unique artistic traditions. Urban folk artist Finn is best known for his colorful and imaginative hand-carved wood sculptures of animals and machinery, invoking associations with African Art. Finn has had a lifetime of dedication to his craft and his community. He spearheaded the “Flock of Finns” public art project, which placed 3-6’ high steel fabricated birds around various sites in Louisville and has been a mainstay in both the collections and promotions of the Kentucky Art and Craft Museum since its beginning in 1985.
The Government Award recipient is a flagship program for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the Governor’s School for the Arts. Each summer this national model brings together 225 high school students and a community of arts professionals from across the state to participate in a rigorous, college–level training program in the disciplines of architecture and historic preservation, creative writing, dance, drama, instrumental music, musical theatre, visual art and vocal music – developing the next generation of Kentucky artists as well as arts audiences.
Kentucky Monthly, the magazine that celebrates the people, places and events of the state to a subscribership of over 40,000 people, receives this year’s Media Award for its notable commitment to bring the arts to the attention of the public. Kentucky Monthly publishes “Visions,” the program of Kentucky Educational Television as well as a calendar of events that lists fairs, festivals, and arts and cultural activities. Features frequently highlight authors, actors, artists, and musicians living and working in Kentucky as well our native sons and daughters that have gone on to achieve national and international acclaim in the arts.
The Kentucky Arts Council administers the Governor’s Awards in the Arts selection process. Nominations are annually solicited from the public, reviewed by a selection committee and presented to the Governor for final approval. Nominations for the 2006 awards will be accepted in September 2006. For more information about the Kentucky Arts Council or the Governor’s Awards in the Arts, go to www.artscouncil,ky.gov.
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The Kentucky Arts Council is a state agency in the Commerce Cabinet that invests in programs that develop vibrant communities, provide lifelong education in the arts and support arts participation. Every $1 in grant funds awarded by the Kentucky Arts Council helps grantees secure $15 in earned income and matching funds from individuals, philanthropic sources and other levels of government. Kentucky Arts Council funding is provided by the Kentucky State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.