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Nine Kentuckians, including journalist Al Smith, receive Governor’s Awards in the Arts

Nine Kentuckians have been presented with 2015 Governor’s Awards in the Arts.

The Governor's Award

The 2015 Governor’s Award was designed by folk artist Minnie Adkins of Isonville.

“These awardees represent such a rich diversity of background and experience, but they have in common that they have risen above and beyond in their commitment to hone and refine their respective talents. In the case of the organizations we’re also honoring, they have demonstrated a remarkable and fervent commitment to creating an art-friendly community where they live,” said Gov. Steve Beshear, who presided over the final Governor’s Award ceremony of his tenure.

Among the honorees was noted Kentucky journalist and arts advocate Al Smith, the former host of KET’s Comment on Kentucky and a former chairman of the Kentucky Arts Council. Beshear awarded Smith the Milner Award, named in honor of B. Hudson Milner, a Louisville utility executive and civic leader, whose contributions to the arts in Kentucky remain important to this day. The Milner Award is presented to Kentucky residents or organizations located in Kentucky for outstanding philanthropic, artistic or other contributions to the arts.

The other eight Governor’s Awardees, listed by hometown and specific award, were:

‣ Linda Pigman Fifield, McKee, Artist Award
‣ Big Ass Solutions (manufacturer of Big Ass Fans), Lexington, Business Award
‣ Creative Diversity Studio, Louisville, Community Arts Award
‣ Nathan Link, Danville, Education Award
‣ Willie D. Rascoe, Hopkinsville, Folk Heritage Award
‣ Paducah Convention & Visitors Bureau, Paducah, Government Award
‣ Dave Shuffett, Nicholasville, Media Award
‣ Sam Bush, Bowling Green, National Award

The 2015 Governor’s Award was designed by folk artist Minnie Adkins, of Isonville. Artists chosen to design the Governor’s Award each year are selected from among past Governor’s Award recipients. Adkins earned the Governor’s Award in 1998.

For more information on the Governor’s Awards in the arts, including recipient bios and past recipients and descriptions of each award, visit the arts council’s Governor’s Awards in the Arts website here.

From Office of the Governor

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  1. Edith Bingham says:

    Thank you for a very interesting and helpful evening. three cheers for all. Edie Bingham

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