Verner Award and Folk Heritage Award nominations due Dec. 17

It’s that time of the year — time to recognize outstanding contributions to the arts and honor those who create and support the arts in South Carolina! Submit nominations for the Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Award and the Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Awards by Dec. 17.

The Verner Award honors arts organizations, patrons, artists, businesses and government entities who excel in their roles as creators, innovators, supporters and advocates of the arts. The Folk Heritage Awards are presented by the S.C. General Assembly to practitioners and advocates of traditional arts significant to communities throughout the state. The S.C. Arts Commission partners with McKissick Museum at the University of S.C. to administer the Folk Heritage Awards.

The Verner awards are named after the late artist Elizabeth O’Neill Verner, who achieved an international reputation for her etchings and pastels. The Folk Heritage Awards are named after the late Rep. Jean Laney Harris, who was an outspoken advocate for South Carolina’s arts and cultural resources.

Both awards ceremonies will take place in May at the Statehouse.

Read the nomination guidelines and review the application for the Verner Awards and the Folk Heritage Awards. You’ll also find the list of last year’s recipients online.