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Meet the 2018 recipients of the Governor’s Awards in the Arts

Sure’s Place in Garden City is an artist residency that brings painters, musicians, writers and other artists to Idaho to create work and interact with the community by creating events for the public. This is artist David Titterington giving an art talk in 2015.
Sure’s Place in Garden City is an artist residency that brings painters, musicians, writers and other artists to Idaho to create work and interact with the community by creating events for the public. This is artist David Titterington giving an art talk in 2015. Winston C. Mitchell

Every two years, Idaho recognizes excellence in the arts by artists, educators, administrators and arts supporters. Since 1970, each sitting governor has decided this award and presented it to more than 180 of Idaho’s most creative citizens.

Each round the Idaho Commission on the Arts receives dozens of nominations from the public. The commission reviews them and then presents finalists to the governor and first lady.

This edition honors a wide diversity of talent from across the state.

Gov. C.L. Butch Otter and first lady Lori Otter will hand out the silver medallions at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, on the second floor of the Idaho Capitol Rotunda. The ceremony is free and open to the public.

The 2018 Governor’s Awards in the Arts winners

Excellence in the Arts

Excellence in Folk and Traditional Arts

Support of the Arts

Support of Arts Education

  • David Groth, retired 5th grade teacher, Coeur d’Alene.

  • Alexa Stanger, museum educator at the Art Museum of Eastern Idaho, Idaho Falls.

Excellence in Arts Administration

Special Commendations

  • Boise Music Week is a community-run theater and music organization that organizes free performances during two weeks each May, including a full musical at the Morrison Center.

  • Painter Dan Looney of Meridian, who is known for colorful landscapes and whimsical cityscapes of Treasure Valley cities.





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