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Oklahoma Governor's Arts Awards presented at State Capitol

Eleven people and eight organizations will receive honors from the Oklahoma Arts Council Thursday night at its 37th annual awards ceremony.
BY RICK ROGERS rrogers@opubco.com Modified: November 9, 2012 at 1:14 pm •  Published: November 9, 2012

/articleid/3726844/1/pictures/1879798">Photo - Governor’s Arts Awards recipients Christian Keesee, chairman of the Kirkpatrick Foundation and president of the Kirkpatrick Family Fund, at left, Tulsa architect Charles Ward, and University of Central Oklahoma President Don Betz were honored Thursday at the Governor’s Arts Awards presentation at the Oklahoma State Capitol. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Governor’s Arts Awards recipients Christian Keesee, chairman of the Kirkpatrick Foundation and president of the Kirkpatrick Family Fund, at left, Tulsa architect Charles Ward, and University of Central Oklahoma President Don Betz were honored Thursday at the Governor’s Arts Awards presentation at the Oklahoma State Capitol. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

The George Nigh Public Service in the Arts Award recipient was Mayor Bill Shewey of Enid.

A Special Recognition Award went to painter and sculptor Mike Larsen of Perkins.

The Arts in Education Awards honored Choregus Productions of Tulsa, the Firehouse Art Center of Norman and the Oklahoma City Philharmonic.

“We are thrilled with this award,” said Oklahoma City Philharmonic executive director Eddie Walker. “We share it with our partner in philosophy of music education, the Oklahoma City Orchestra League. We consider music education the most important work we do.

“It meets critical individual needs today but it lays the foundation for building tomorrow's audiences, arts leaders and good civic citizens. We invest heavily in the financial and human resources that are required to mount 18 different education programs that span preschoolers through senior adults.”

Governor's Arts Awards recipients are selected from names submitted by members of the Governor's Arts Awards selection committee. The awards have been presented since 1975. In 1989, former Oklahoma Arts Council executive director Betty Price designed a medallion that is given to all recipients. The gold medallion features a detail of Allan Houser's sculpture “As Long As the Waters Flow.”


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