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2013 Governor's Arts Awards winners announced

Governor's Arts Awards recognizes individuals and organizations for contributions to Oklahoma's arts and culture.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: October 10, 2013

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.

Honorees are:

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.

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