All you need to know about S.C. Arts Awards Day
14 recipients to be honored May 1
- Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Award for the Arts, Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award presented at ceremony
- S.C. Arts Awards Luncheon & Art Sale to follow
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Two awards honoring high arts achievement in South Carolina will be presented to 14 recipients Wednesday, May 1, 2019 during South Carolina Arts Awards festivities at the UofSC Alumni Center in Columbia. The South Carolina Arts Awards, sponsored by Colonial Life, are a joint presentation of the South Carolina Arts Commission, South Carolina Arts Foundation, and McKissick Museum at the University of South Carolina to award the Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Awards.
Awards CeremonyBoth awards will be presented at the awards ceremony at the UofSC Alumni Center (900 Senate St., Columbia), which begins with a reception from 10-10:45 a.m. The official ceremony begins at 11 a.m. S.C. Arts Commission Board Chairman Henry Horowitz and Executive Director Ken May will be joined by South Carolina First Lady Peggy McMaster to present the awards to each recipient. Nine recipients from their respective categories are being recognized with Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Awards for the Arts for outstanding achievement and contributions to the arts in South Carolina:
- ARTIST: Tyrone Geter, Elgin
- INDIVIDUAL: Kathleen Bateson, Hilton Head Island
- ARTS IN EDUCATION (Individual): Simeon A. Warren, Charleston
- ARTS IN EDUCATION (Organization): South Carolina African American Heritage Commission, Hartsville
- BUSINESS: Hampton III Gallery, Taylors
- GOVERNMENT: Florence County Museum, Florence
- ORGANIZATION: The Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston
- ORGANIZATION (Special Award): Town Theatre, Columbia
- LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT: Cecil Williams, Orangeburg
- John Andrew “Andy” Brooks (Liberty): Old-Time Music
- Dorothy Brown Glover (Lincolnville): Quilting
- Julian A. Prosser (Columbia): Bluegrass Music
- The Voices of Gullah Singers (St. Helena Island): Gullah Singing
- Dale Rosengarten, Ph.D. (McClellanville): Advocacy, African-American Lowcountry Basketry & Southern Jewish Heritage
S.C. Arts Awards Luncheon & Art SaleThe S.C. Arts Foundation will honor the recipients afterward during a fundraising luncheon at the UofSC Alumni Center (900 Senate St., Columbia). Works by South Carolina will be on sale from 11 a.m. to noon, with proceeds supporting S.C. Arts Commission programs. The luncheon program is expected to run from 12:30 to 2 p.m.
- Unique ikebana flower arrangements, in partnership with Ikebana International Chapter #182 of Columbia, will serve as table centerpieces. Each arrangement, available for sale, will be presented in an included, original vase crafted by a South Carolina artisan.
- Art experiences will also be sold.
- The keynote speaker will be S.C. Arts Commission Executive Director Ken May, retiring at the end of June 2019 after 33 years at the agency and the past nine as its leader, giving a “State of the Arts” message.
- Luncheon tickets are $50 per person and available for purchase through SouthCarolinaArts.com or by calling 803.734.8696.
About the South Carolina Arts CommissionWith a commitment to excellence across the spectrum of our state’s cultures and forms of expression, the South Carolina Arts Commission pursues its public charge to develop a thriving arts environment, which is essential to quality of life, education, and economic vitality for all South Carolinians. Created by the South Carolina General Assembly in 1967, the Arts Commission works to increase public participation in the arts by providing services, grants, and leadership initiatives in three areas:
- arts education,
- community arts development,
- and artist development.