The Oklahoma Arts Council honored 13 individuals and five organizations Tuesday with the Governor's Arts Award during a ceremony on the state Capitol Rotunda.
The honorees were announced in front of a crowd of several hundred people. Singer-songwriter K.C. Clifford performed before the honors were given.
The awards recipients are chosen from a selection committee's nominations. Here are the winners and their awards for the 36th annual recognition:
Howard and Billie Barnett, Tulsa, and Peggy Wisdom, Alva, received the Governor's Award that recognizes longtime leadership and significant contributions to the arts.
Gary Clinton, Norman, received the Business in the Arts Award, given to individuals, businesses and corporations that exhibit outstanding support of the arts in Oklahoma.
KGOU Radio, Norman, and OklaVision, Oklahoma City, were honored 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.
Anne Guevara, Oklahoma City; Jena Kodesh, Red Rock; OK Mozart, Bartlesville; and The Children's Center, Bethany, received the Arts in Education Award, recognizing individuals, organizations, schools, educators or groups for their outstanding leadership and service in the arts benefiting youth and/or arts in education.
Don Jordan, Oklahoma City; Jody Naifeh, Sapulpa; Marie Alley, Norman; and Pat Snider, Shawnee, were recognized with Community Service Awards for their significant contributions to the arts in specific Oklahoma communities in areas of leadership and volunteerism.
The Oklahoma Judicial Center Art Committee, Oklahoma City, received the George Nigh Public Service in the Arts Award as an Oklahoma government official or entity for outstanding support of the arts.
Patrick Riley, Bethany, received the Special Recognition Award for unique contributions to the arts.
Kym Koch Thompson, Oklahoma City, who also serves as chairman of the Oklahoma Arts Council, received the Marilyn Douglass Memorial Award, established in 1980 in honor of a former council member to honor council members.
Suzanne Tate, Oklahoma City, received the Liddy Doenges Leadership in the Arts Award.