The Idaho Commission on the Arts and Idaho Gov. Butch Otter announced the 2016 Governor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts this week.
Every two years, the state recognizes artists, educators, administrators and arts supporters who go above and beyond to benefit the state’s cultural fabric. Sitting governors have presented this award to more than 230 of Idaho’s most creative citizens and organizations.
The public makes nominations, ICA commissioners review them, and Otter makes the final decision. This year the governor and first lady Lori Otter added a category: Service to the Arts, for art manager Jacqueline Crist, the former gallery owner who manages the internationally known James Castle Collection from her Boise offices.
The awards will be presented on Thursday, Nov. 10, in the Idaho State Capitol rotunda. The event is free and open to the public.
Past honorees include filmmaker Michael Hoffman, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Tony Doerr, folklorico dancer Norma Pintar, Ballet Idaho artistic director Peter Anastos and the Idaho Shakespeare Festival.
Here are the 2016 recipients:
Excellence in the Arts
▪ Award-winning theater artist, set designer, painter, musician and Boise State professor Michael Baltzell.
▪ Singer and songwriter Steve Eaton, of Boise, founder of the Idaho Songwriters Association.
▪ Actor, director and co-founder of Hailey’s Company of Fools John Glenn.
▪ Idaho State-Civic Symphony in Pocatello.
Excellence in Folk and Traditional Arts
Rawhide braider Steve Derricott, of Meridian.
Support of the Arts
National Oregon/California Trail Center museum of Montpelier.
Support of Arts Education
University of Idaho art and design professor Sally Machlis, of Moscow.
Retired art teacher and school principal Tina Perry, of Meridian.
High school art teacher Karen Fothergill, of Twin Falls.
Excellence in Arts Administration
College of Southern Idaho fine arts coordinator Camille Barigar, of Twin Falls.
Gallerist and art collection representative and manager Jacqueline Crist, of Boise.