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Governor's Arts Awards

Governor's Arts Awards


2019 Governor's Arts Awards

The 2019 Governor's Arts Awards ceremony will take place Tuesday, April 16, at 4:00 p.m. in the fourth floor rotunda of the Oklahoma State Capitol. The event is free and open to the public. A reception at 5:00 p.m. will follow the ceremony in the first floor rotunda outside of the Betty Price Gallery.

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2019 Governor's Arts Awards Honorees

Read the news release about the 2019 Governor's Arts Awards honorees.

The Governor's Award recognizes longtime leadership and significant contributions to the arts. Honorees are:

Barbara McAlister (Muskogee)
Jo Rowan (Norman)

The Business in the Arts Award recognizes individuals, businesses and corporations that exhibit outstanding support of the arts in Oklahoma. The honoree is:

Wonder City Coffee (Locust Grove)

The Arts in Education Award recognizes an individual, organization, school, educator, or group for their outstanding leadership and service in the arts benefiting youth and/or arts in education. Honorees are:

Jay Ferguson (Edmond)
Scott Booker (Oklahoma City)
Chris Ramsay (Stillwater)
Pamela Catt (Fairland)
Roselle Tyner (Tulsa)

The Community Service Award recognizes significant contributions to the arts in specific Oklahoma communities in the areas of leadership and volunteerism. Honorees are:

Daniel Worcester (Lone Grove)
Deborah McAuliffe Senner (Edmond)
James Loftis (Oklahoma City)
Juanita Pahdopony (Lawton)
Mary Ann Hawkins (Woodward)
Bob Sober (Tulsa)
Wilmari and Robert Ruiz (Norman)

The George Nigh Public Service in the Arts Award recognizes Oklahoma government officials for their outstanding support of the arts. Honorees are:
Ann and Burns Hargis (Stillwater)

About the Governor's Arts Awards

The Governor's Arts Awards is an annual event recognizing individuals and organizations whose efforts have impacted the arts in their communities or throughout the state. First awarded in 1975, the awards are presented by the Governor during a special ceremony at the Oklahoma State Capitol.

The nominating period for the Governor's Arts Awards takes place during the summer. Awards are determined by a Selection Committee comprised of members of the Governor-appointed Oklahoma Arts Council board. The Selection Committee meeting takes places in the fall. The Governor's Arts Awards ceremony takes place in the spring in the fourth floor rotunda of the Oklahoma State Capitol.

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View photos from the February 2018 ceremony.

Past Award Recipients

Since the first Governor's Arts Awards in 1975, hundreds of individuals and organizations from across Oklahoma have been recognized for their efforts in the arts. View a list of past award recipients by year, category, and/or name.


Nominees must be current, full-time Oklahoma residents or organizations that work in and for the benefit of Oklahoma. Previous recipients of The Governor's Award are not eligible. View past award recipients.

Nominations for arts organizations, employees of arts organizations, or educators should reflect activity beyond normal expectations or responsibilities.


The following is used as criteria by the Selection Committee. Submissions are not required to address all criteria:



The Selection Committee reserves the right to honor a recipient in a category of its choice. 


Nominations are accepted during the nominating period, which generally takes place during the summer. Nominations require a two- to three-page typewritten narrative that addresses the nominee's efforts related to the criteria listed on this page. Up to three pages of optional support materials are accepted, but not required. Support materials may include news clippings, letters of support, and other items that demonstrate the nominee's impact. Audio and video materials are not be accepted.


The following are made available during the Governor's Arts Awards ceremony:

If you plan to attend the Governor's Arts Awards ceremony and have needs related to accessibility not listed above, please contact us at (405) 521-2931 or It is the goal of the Oklahoma Arts Council staff to meet the needs of all our constituents who wish to attend the Governor's Arts Awards.

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