Novelist, orchestra conductor and U.S. Congressman among Idaho Governor's Awards in the Arts recipients

Some of Idaho's most talented and dedicated artists, arts educators, administrators and supporters will be in Boise today (Dec. 2) to receive the Governor’s Award in the Arts for their creativity and service.

The medal designed by artist Elizabeth Wolf will be handed out during a ceremony at 2 p.m. in the Capitol Rotunda, 700 W. Jefferson St., Boise. The Idaho Commission on the Arts and the governor give out the awards every two years. Gov. Butch Otter and first lady Lori Otter announced their choices for the 2014 Governor’s Awards in the Arts in August.

Lifetime Achievement in the Arts

Violinist, conductor and music director of Boise Baroque Orchestra Daniel Stern: Since moving to Idaho in 1974 to lead the Boise Philharmonic, Stern has dedicated his life to enriching Boise’s classical music scene. He led the Philharmonic until 1987. He became music director of the BBO in 2005.

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” in 1997 and has published several elegantly written memoirs and novels since. Her latest is “In the Kingdom of Men,” now out in paperback from Anchor Press.

Actor, director and co-founder and artistic director of Hailey’s The Company of Fools, Denise Simone: Simon’s theater troupe received this medal in 2004. The company merged with the Sun Valley Center for the Arts in 2013. Her next production is “Peter and the Starcatcher,” a Tony-winning play by Rick Elice based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. It opens Dec. 18.

Excellence in Arts Administration

Boise Department of Arts and History executive director Terri Schorzman of Boise.

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.

Ana Maria Schachtell, of Boise, has worked to enrich Idaho’s Hispanic community for years as a cultural specialist at the Idaho Commission on Hispanic Affairs, as 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 art educator Linda Wolfe of Pocatello.

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 watercolor artist.