2/3/2014 5:09 PM
by Rachael Cardin
CHARLESTON - A bi-annual art show prepared itself for another successful turnout at the State's Capitol
The Governor's Arts Awards began in 1999 to showcase the cultural importance of art to West Virginia. The Director of Arts at The Cultural Center in Charleston said there are multiple awards given by the Governor himself. Categories include Arts and Education, Distribution Service Award, Leadership in Arts, Artist of the Year, and the Governor's Award for Lifetime Achievement. The physical awards themselves are even works of art, as a different artist is selected each year to create them. In the past, artists have used ceramic, glass, pottery and other media to reward winners in years past.
“We think of the arts as not simply a nice thing, but something that is a necessity in a community and when folks are looking to move here from out of state, they want to come to a place that has a vital arts life. So the governor thinks that this is a great way to let people know that we do value the arts,” said Renee Margocee.
Applications for the Governors Arts Awards can be found at www.wvculture.org and can be submitted up until February 21st.