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The Governor’s Awards pay tribute to the most distinguished citizens and organizations that have demonstrated a lifetime commitment to work in the arts and humanities in Georgia. Seven individuals and six organizations were honored in 2014.
About the Governor's Awards
The Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities honor outstanding individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to Georgia’s civic and cultural vitality through excellence and service to the arts and humanities. Presented by the Office of the Governor in partnership with Georgia Council for the Arts and the Georgia Humanities Council, the Governor’s Awards recognize the value of the arts and humanities in the creation of a thriving economy and their contributions to education, innovation, growth and quality of life. The Governor’s Awards pay tribute to the most distinguished citizens and organizations that have demonstrated a lifetime commitment to work in these fields.
The 2014 Governor's Awards for the Arts & Humanities was held at the State Capitol on October 7, 2014. The nomination form for 2015 awardees will be posted here in the Spring of 2015.
About the 2014 Governor's Awards
Each 2014 Governor's Award for the Arts & Humanities was hand crafted by Whelchel Meaders, a distinguished member of a famous family of Georgia folk potters. His grandfather, John Milton Meaders, founded Meaders Pottery in 1892 in the Mossy Creek community of southern White County. Whelchel continues this hundred year old tradition of producing functional ware coated with woodash- and lime-based alkaline glazes. His runny-textured ash glaze exemplifies the high-firing, green or brown glazes unique to the lower South, this distinctive Southern stoneware tradition.
The 2014 recipients of the Governor's Awards for the Arts & Humanities are:
· Syd Blackmar, Tifton
· Leslie Gordon, Atlanta
· Fred and Dinah Gretsch, Savannah
· Paul Hudson, Clarkston
· Carl Purdy, Augusta
· Douglas Scott, Atlanta
· The Activities Council of Thomson, Thomson
· Atlanta Ballet, Atlanta
· Brenau University, Gainesville
· Center for Civil and Human Rights, Atlanta
· The Freedom Singers, Albany
· Meridian Herald, Atlanta
Biographical informaiton on each of the recipients and images of the awards can be found within the program for each given year: