The Idaho Commission on the Arts and Idaho Governor Butch Otter announced the 2014 Governor’s Awards in the Arts this week.
Every two years, Idaho recognizes excellence by artists, educators, administrators and arts supporters. Since 1970, each sitting governor has decided this award and presented it to more than 200 of Idaho's most creative citizens and organizations.
This round, decided by Gov. Butch Otter and first lady Lori Otter, honors a wide diversity of talent from across the state. The governor and first lady will hand out the silver medallions on at a free reception on Dec. 2 in the Capitol Rotunda.
Past recipients include filmmaker Michael Hoffman, western hatter Randy Priest, novelist Tony Doerr, painter Charles Gill, Mexican folk dancer Norma Pintar, Boise’s public arts manager Karen Bubb and the Idaho Shakespeare Festival.
Here are this year’s recipients:
Excellence in the Arts
Novelist and University of Idaho professor Kim Barnes of Moscow. Barnes was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for her memoir “In the Wilderness: Coming of Age in Unknown Country” (1997).
Actor, director and co-founder of Company of Fools in Hailey Denise Simone. The Fools received a Governor’s Award Excellence in the Arts in 2004.
Support of the Arts
Marilyn Beck, of Boise, served on multiple arts boards over the years, including Ballet Idaho, Boise Philharmonic, the Idaho Commission on the Arts and is currently on the Board of Trustees of the Boise Art Museum.
Artist Ana Maria Schachtell, of Boise, has worked to enrich Idaho’s Hispanic community for years through her work as a cultural specialist at the Idaho Commission on Hispanic Affairs, co-founder of the Idaho Hispanic Cultural Center, and now as the head of the Stay-in-School Quinceanera Program.
Support of Arts Education
Printmaker and arts educator Linda Wolfe of Pocatello.
Excellence in Arts Administration
Boise Department of Arts and History executive director Terri Schorzman of Boise
Lifetime Achievement in the Arts
Violinist, conductor and Boise Baroque Orchestra music director Daniel Stern. Stern was the music director of the Boise Philharmonic from 1974 to 1987. He’s led the BBO since 2005.
Exceptional Service (This is a special commendation given at the Governor's request.)
U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson, of Blackfoot Simpson chairs the House Interior Appropriations Committee that funds the National Endowment for the Arts and has worked to elevate the profile of Idaho’s arts nationally. He also is a watercolorist.