The Oklahoma Arts Council on Wednesday announced the names of 17 people and two organizations that will be honored for their contributions to Oklahoma's arts and cultural industry.
According to a news release, Gov. Mary Fallin will present the 38th Annual Governor's Arts Awards during a special ceremony at the state Capitol at 4 p.m. Nov. 13 in the fourth-floor rotunda.
A selection committee submitted names for the Governor's Arts Awards from nominations it received.
Dr. G. Barry Epperley, Tulsa, and Chuck Tweed, Midwest City, with the Governor's Award, recognizing longtime leadership and significant contributions to the arts.
George Kaiser Family Foundation, Tulsa, with the Business in the Arts Award, honoring individuals, businesses and corporations that exhibit outstanding support of the arts in Oklahoma.
Carlos Ortiz, Oklahoma City, and Kimberly Powell, Edmond, with the Media in the Arts Award, given to an individual member of the media or media outlet that demonstrates commitment to the arts in Oklahoma documented through public awareness, support, fairness, initiative, creativity and professionalism in reporting.
Dr. Brad Benson, Norman; Jeanine Berrong, Weatherford; Tyler Bridges, Shawnee; M. Teresa Valero, Tulsa; and the Tulsa Youth Symphony Orchestra, with the Arts in Education Award, recognizing an individual, organization, school, educator or group for their outstanding leadership and service in the arts benefiting youth and/or arts in education.
Marjorie Bontemps, Tulsa; Russell Crosby, Sapulpa; Thamazin Harrison, Alva; Anita Caldwell Jackson, McAlester; Mary Blankenship Pointer, Oklahoma City; and Dwane Taylor, Yukon, with the Community Service Award, honoring individuals for significant contributions to the arts in specific Oklahoma communities in the areas of leadership and volunteerism.
Debby Williams, Norman, with the George Nigh Public Service in the Arts Award for an Oklahoma government official or entity for outstanding support of the arts.
Paul Moore, with a Special Recognition Award for an individual or organization that has made a unique contribution in support of the arts.
Jeannette Sias, Edmond, with the Marilyn Douglass Memorial Award that recognizes an outstanding Arts Council member.
Executive Director Amber Sharples said in the news release that the Oklahoma Arts Council is pleased to honor a diverse group of individuals and organizations representing communities throughout the state.
“From longtime volunteers who wear multiple hats in order to make the arts possible in their communities to a foundation that has helped transform an entire urban center, this year's honorees exemplify the many facets of a strong Oklahoma arts industry,” she said.
A reception on the Capitol's first floor will follow the awards ceremony. The event is free and open to the public.