The Oklahoma Arts Council has announced the names of 17 individuals and one organization that will be honored for their contributions to the arts in Oklahoma during the 43rd Governor’s Arts Awards on Tuesday, April 16, 2019.
The awards will be presented by Governor Kevin Stitt during a special ceremony beginning at 4:00 p.m. in the fourth floor rotunda at the Oklahoma State Capitol. A reception will follow in the first floor rotunda outside the Betty Price Gallery. The event is free and open to the public.
Oklahoma Arts Council Executive Director Amber Sharples said Governor’s Arts Awards honorees reflect the qualities that define Oklahomans.
“Hard working, selfless, and devoted to causes greater than themselves, honorees deserve our thanks for their efforts in making the arts one of Oklahoma’s most robust assets,” Sharples said. “Those selected for awards have shown exemplary commitment to impacting lives through the arts in communities and schools across our state. We look forward to meaningfully acknowledging their contributions with Governor Stitt.”
“I am pleased to congratulate the 2019 Governor’s Arts Award honorees who come from all across our great state,” said Governor Stitt. “I look forward to celebrating our honorees’ contributions to the arts in Oklahoma and recognizing their role in fostering a robust and impactful arts industry in our state.”
Recipients are selected from submitted nominations by the Governor’s Arts Awards Selection Committee, comprised of members of the Governor-appointed Oklahoma Arts Council board.