Governor's Arts Award

Established in 1991, the annual Governor's Arts Awards program recognizes Arkansas artists, arts patrons, arts educators and businesses for their outstanding contributions to the arts community. Recipients are nominated by the public, 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.

Awardees are honored during a special luncheon and ceremony in March. 

Award Categories

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. Potential nominees include arts administrators, elected public officials, and community volunteers.

Arts in Education Award

An individual or organization that has made significant contributions in integrating the arts into the educational curriculum within the school system or through creating educational opportunities in the arts outside the school setting

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 foundations associated with for-profit businesses, stand-alone foundations or 501 ( c )(3) nonprofits.

Folklife Award

An individual or group that 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.