The event spotlights Mississippi’s outstanding cultural resources and honors those who contribute to the state through their vision and creativity. The 2012 recipients will be honored at a public ceremony at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16, at Wells Memorial United Methodist Church in Jackson.
The six recipients to be honored include:
Arts in Education - Althea Jerome, Hattiesburg.
Arts in Community - WellsFest, Jackson.
Excellence in Visual Art - McCarty Pottery, Jackson.
Excellence in Music - Carl Jackson, Louisville.
Excellence in Literature - Howard Bahr, Jackson.
Lifetime Achievement - Mose Allison, Tippo.
The awards are presented to individuals and organizations for outstanding work in visual, literary, and performing arts, community development through the arts and arts patronage.
The emcee for the ceremony will be 2011 Governor’s Awards recipient and acclaimed singer/songwriter, Mac McAnally. In 2007, McAnally was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and the following year the Country Music Association named him Musician of the Year. The Country Music Association has named McAnally Musician of the Year for the last four years straight.
Each year the poster for the Governor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts honors the new award recipients and celebrates the artistic heritage of Mississippi. This year’s poster features majestic herons and ducks in flight, a detail from the celebrated 3,000-square-foot mural painted by acclaimed artist Walter Anderson (1903-1965) in the Community Center in Ocean Springs.
Part of the mural celebrates the natural environment of Anderson’s beloved Gulf Coast and was created by Anderson for a fee of one dollar - an illustration of his belief in the obligation that the artist and society have to each other.
The Governor’s Awards ceremony is free and open to the public.