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The 2016 South Carolina Arts Awards Ceremony

The South Carolina Arts Awards is an annual celebration of the statewide arts community that honors recipients of the Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Awards for the Arts and the Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Awards. The awards are presented in conjunction with the South Carolina Arts Gala, a South Carolina Arts Foundation fundraiser benefiting the arts education and arts development programs at the South Carolina Arts Commission. The 2016 awards will be presented May 11 at 11 a.m. during a ceremony at the Statehouse in Columbia. The 2016 Awards are sponsored by Colonial Life.

Top row, left to right:

  • Hootie and the Blowfish: Verner Award, Special Recognition
  • The Columbia Museum of Art: Verner Award, Organization
  • The City of Greenville: Verner Award, Government

Middle row, left to right:

  • Nikky Finney: Verner Award, Special Recognition
  • Bill Harris: Folk Heritage Award, Catawba pottery

Bottom row, left to right:

  • Joye in Aiken: Verner Award, Arts in Education
  • Betty Plumb: Verner Award, Individual
  • The Phifer-Johnson Foundation/The Johnson Collection: Verner Award, Business/Foundation
  • Harold Clayton: Folk Heritage Award, bluegrass advocacy (posthumous award)
  • Mary Edna Fraser: Verner Award, Artist