SCETV to broadcast the 2023 South Carolina Arts Awards

Sunday, May 14 at 8 p.m. ET



COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina Arts Commission and University of South Carolina McKissick Museum continue a partnership with South Carolina ETV to present the South Carolina Arts Awards when they are broadcast on television Sunday, May 14, 2023 at 8 p.m. ET.

South Carolina ETV, the state’s public educational broadcasting network, will broadcast the awards ceremony through its 11-station TV network that spans the state. Viewers can access the broadcast via livestream on the homepage of; by using a digital antenna; or through cable, satellite, and streaming live TV providers. Further information about accessing SCETV is available here.

South Carolina First Lady Peggy McMaster and David T. Platts, executive director of the SCAC, will be joint hosts of the South Carolina Arts Awards for the fourth year in a row. They will recognize seven award recipients: two receiving the Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award and five receiving the South Carolina Governor’s Award for the Arts.

McKissick Museum Executive Director Jane Przybysz will introduce each Folk Heritage Award recipient:

  • Emily H. Meggett (Edisto Island): artist category, Gullah Geechee cooking
  • Hampton Rembert (Bishopville): artist category, gospel singing

Meggett will be recognized posthumously after her passing April 21 at the age of 90.

Platts will introduce the five recipients of the Governor’s Award for the Arts:

  • Ray McManus (Lexington): artist category
  • Carlos Agudelo (Spartanburg): individual category
  • American College of the Building Arts (Charleston): arts in education category
  • Aiken Center for the Arts (Aiken): organization category
  • Nigel Redden (Mystic, Connecticut): Special Award

The partnership between the SCAC and SCETV allowed for the South Carolina Arts Awards to take advantage of an SCETV production team, led by executive producer William I. Richardson, that created the pre-recorded ceremony.

The award recipients will be introduced to the audience through seven new short films by four South Carolina filmmakers: Rick Fitts, Yulian Martínez-Escobar, Gavin McIntyre, and Shae Winston.

About South Carolina ETV and Public Radio

South Carolina ETV (SCETV) is the state’s public educational broadcasting network. Using television, radio and diverse digital properties, SCETV’s mission is to enrich lives by educating children, informing and connecting citizens, celebrating our culture and environment and instilling the joy of learning. In addition to airing local programs, such as Carolina Classrooms, Making It Grow, Palmetto Scene and This Week in South Carolina, SCETV also presents multiple programs to regional and national audiences, including By The River, Expeditions, Reconnecting Roots, Reel South, Somewhere South, Yoga in Practice and Live from Charleston Music Hall. In addition, SC Public Radio produces the national radio production, Chamber Music from Spoleto Festival USA.

About the University of South Carolina McKissick Museum

The University of South Carolina’s McKissick Museum tells the story of southern life: community, culture, and the environment. The Museum is located on the University of South Carolina’s historic Horseshoe with available parking in the garage at the corner of Pendleton and Bull streets. All exhibitions are free and open to the public. The Museum is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. The Museum is closed Sundays and university holidays. For more information, please call at 803.777.7251 or visit

About the South Carolina Arts Commission

The mission of the South Carolina Arts Commission is to promote equitable access to the arts and support the cultivation of creativity in South Carolina. We envision a South Carolina where the arts are valued and all people benefit from a variety of creative experiences.

A state agency created by the South Carolina General Assembly in 1967, the SCAC works to increase public participation in the arts by providing grants, direct programs, staff assistance and partnerships in artist development, arts industry, arts learning, creative placemaking, and folklife and traditional arts. Headquartered in Columbia, S.C., the SCAC is funded by the state of South Carolina, by the federal government through the National Endowment for the Arts, and other sources. Visit or call 803.734.8696, and follow @scartscomm on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for #Arts4SC and #SCartists content.

South Carolina Arts Commission News Release, Media Contact: Jason L. Rapp, Communications Director. or 803.734.8899