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 Georgia Humanities, 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.
About the 2019 Governor’s Awards
The 2019 award was created by Athens artist Cecel Allee. A native of Apalachicola, Florida, Allee is a self-taught artist and a 1990 graduate of the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia. Early in her artistic career, Allee primarily painted on found objects. As demand for her artwork grew, she began building and painting on wooden box frames. It is this practice that inspired her creation of the 2019 Governor’s Award.
The 2019 recipients of the Governor’s Awards for the Arts & Humanities are:
- Lucinda W. Bunnen, Atlanta
- Common Good Atlanta, Atlanta
- Hermina Glass-Hill, Kennesaw and Midway
- Christopher Johnson, Cuthbert and Columbus
- Madison-Morgan Conservancy, Madison-Morgan County
- Jessye Norman School of the Arts, Augusta and Richmond County
- Kathy Prescott and Grady Thrasher, Athens and Atlanta
- Rick McKnight, Columbus
- Mercer University Press, Macon
- Angelica Hairston, Atlanta
Biographical information on each of the recipients and images of the awards can be found within the program for each given year: