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2013 Governor's Awards for the Arts in Ohio Winners Announced
by Elizabeth Weinstein

Eight winners have been selected to receive the 2013 Governor's Awards for the Arts in Ohio. The awards will be presented at a luncheon ceremony honoring the winners and members of the Ohio Legislature at noon on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at the Columbus Athenaeum in downtown Columbus. The luncheon is hosted by the Ohio Arts Council and Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation. Winners will receive an original work of art by Susan Danko, a painter from Parma.

Winners were selected from 66 nominations submitted by individuals and organizations throughout Ohio. The award categories and recipients are: Arts Administration, Jill Snyder, Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland (Cleveland); Arts Education, Stivers School for the Arts (Dayton); Arts Patron, Charlotte Kessler (New Albany) and Dr. and Mrs. Benjamin Schuster (Dayton); Business Support of the Arts, PNC Bank (Statewide); Community Development and Participation, Raymond Shepardson (Cleveland); Individual Artist, Jack Earl (Lakeview) and Joseph O'Sickey (Kent). Biographies of the 2013 award winners are available upon request.

The 2013 Governor's Awards Selection Committee consisted of five Ohio Arts Council board members and three members who were selected by Ohio Citizens for the Arts. They were: Committee Chair Karen Bell (Columbus), Louisa Celebrezze (Columbus), Sara Jane DeHoff (Perrysburg), Sara Vance Waddell (Cincinnati), Jeff Rich (Columbus), Julius Dorsey (Cleveland Heights), Barbara Hunzicker (Lancaster), and Jane Foulk (Thornville).

More information about the Governor's Awards for the Arts in Ohio & Arts Day Luncheon, including a full list of past winners and program advertising information, is available on the Ohio Arts Council website at www.oac.ohio.gov/events/GovAwards.

The Governor's Awards for the Arts in Ohio & Arts Day Luncheon will be held in conjunction with Arts Day on Wednesday, May 15, 2013. This daylong event demonstrating public value and support for the arts is sponsored by the Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation. Arts Day will include an arts advocacy briefing, legislative visits, an arts showcase, Statehouse tours and student exhibitions. For more information on Arts Day 2013, visit www.ohiocitizensforthearts.org or call 614/221-4064.

Arts Day was created to foster a greater awareness of the value of the arts in Ohio. Citizens are encouraged to participate in Arts Day by visiting with their state legislators and communicating the need for public support of the arts and arts education. Every year on Arts Day, the Capitol is filled with arts supporters sharing the importance of the arts to their communities.

The 2013 Governor's Awards for the Arts in Ohio & Arts Day Luncheon are presented in partnership with the Ohio Channel.

2013 GOVERNOR'S AWARDS WINNER BIOGRAPHIES

About the Ohio Arts Council:
The Ohio Arts Council is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally and economically.

About Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation:
Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation provides information to all Ohioans about the arts and promotes their value to a high quality of life, a strong economy and the achievement of educational excellence. The foundation was formed in 1990 as a companion organization to Ohio Citizens for the Arts, which was established in 1976. Ohio Citizens for the Arts is a statewide, nonprofit grassroots membership organization focused on increasing public support for the arts in Ohio. Through the efforts of thousands of individuals and arts and education organizations, Ohio Citizens for the Arts advocates on behalf of the Ohio Arts Council and the arts throughout the state.

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