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The 2016 South Carolina Arts Gala

The South Carolina Arts Foundation honors the recipients of the 2016 Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Awards at the South Carolina Arts Gala, May 11 at 7:15 p.m. at 701 Whaley in Columbia. The gala features an art sale with original works by some of the state’s finest contemporary artists, including functional and non-functional craft, paintings and sculpture, for seasoned and beginning collectors alike. The South Carolina Arts Foundation designates gala proceeds to help support arts education, artist development and other programs of the South Carolina Arts Commission. Tickets are $75 each.

2016 arts awards

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