Governor's Arts Award

Established in 1991, the annual Governor's Arts Awards program recognizes individuals and corporations for their outstanding contributions to the arts in Arkansas. The recipients are nominated by the public and then selected by an independent panel of arts professionals from around the state. Each recipient receives an original work of art created by an Arkansas artist

The award categories are: Arts Community Development, Arts in Education, Corporate Sponsorship of the Arts, Individual Artist, Folklife, Patron and Lifetime Achievement.

Arts Community Development Award

A civic leader who has taken a leadership role in creating an environment for artists and the arts to flourish in his/her local community. This includes, but is not limited to, elected public officials, local citizen volunteers and volunteer arts administrators.

Arts in Education Award

An individual or organization that has made an outstanding contribution in integrating the arts into the educational curriculum.

Corporate Sponsorship of the Arts Award

An Arkansas for-profit business that has made a significant contribution in support of the arts in this state. This does not include stand-alone foundations, foundations associated with for-profit businesses or 501(c)(3) nonprofits.

Folklife Award

An Arkansan who has made outstanding contributions in the performance or creation of traditional arts and/or folkways in Arkansas and has contributed to the perpetuation of these traditions.

Individual Artist Award

An artist active in the field of architecture, contemporary crafts, design, film, literature, performing arts or visual arts who has made significant contributions to his/her art form.

Patron Award

An individual or family who has made significant philanthropic contributions to the development of the arts.

Lifetime Achievement Award

An artist or group whose contributions to the arts over a lifetime has fostered significant recognition, or an art patron whose lifetime of dedication to the development and support of the arts will sustain the arts beyond his/her lifetime.