2019 Governor's Awards for the Arts recipients:
The North Dakota Governor’s Awards for the Arts program is presented by the Governor’s Office and the North Dakota Council on the Arts to recognize organizations and individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the arts in the state.
Awards are presented in four categories: Individual Achievement (artist, staff, or volunteer); Arts Organization; Arts in Education (educator, school, or administrator); and/or Private Business.
Criteria for the awards include: Expanding arts opportunities to new audiences; Improving the quality of arts experiences; Creating an appreciation for North Dakota’s cultural heritage; Making the arts more central to education and an integral part of community life; and Length of service.
Nominations are reviewed by the North Dakota Council on the Arts and final candidates are submitted to the Governor for selection of the award winners.
The awards reception and ceremony honoring this year’s recipients will take place on Tuesday, March 19th, at the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum in Bismarck. A reception kicks off this elegant evening at 5:00 pm in the Northern Lights Atrium, followed by the awards presentation at 6:30 pm in the Russell Reid Auditorium. The public is welcome to attend this wonderful celebration of the arts in North Dakota; reservations are required (registration information coming soon).
Tickets to the Governor’s Awards for the Arts Ceremony are $30, due on or before March 15, 2019. Tickets are now available on Eventbrite via this link! All attendees at the Governor’s Awards for the Arts ceremony are encouraged to invite a state legislator to attend the ceremony. This provides an opportunity to involve your legislator with the arts and the important role they play in our state.
Please contact the North Dakota Council on the Arts with any questions about the Ceremony or the conference at (701) 328-7590; or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Previous Governor's Awards for the Arts Recipients
The 2017 Governor’s Awards for the Arts Ceremony took place on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum. Congratulations to the 2017 Governor's Awards for the Arts recipients (pictured above). 2017 was an especially significant celebration as it fell within the 50th Anniversary of the North Dakota Council on the Arts.
Arts in Education:
NDCA would also like to thank Matt Fern, Owner of The Creative Treatment, for filming and creating this wonderful video of the 2017 Governor’s Awards for the Arts Ceremony. The video is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gATmrhAEZFM&t=4s; or click on the intro image to the left.
1977: John Hove (Fargo), Nellie Solberg (Bismarck), Merton Utgaard (Bottineau), Sheyenne Valley Arts and Crafts Association (Fort Ransom)
1978: Alene Larson (Fargo), Arlene Saugstad (Minot), Prairie Arts and Humanities Council (Hettinger)
1979: Mary Gray (Valley City), Belle Mehus (Bismarck), Plains Art Museum (Fargo)
1981: Anne-Marit Bergstrom (Devils Lake), Phyllis Frelich (New York City), Anne W. Ness (Fort Ransom), Fargo-Moorhead Orchestral Association (Fargo)
1982: Fritz Scholder (Scottsdale, Arizona)
1983: Winifred B. Stump (Dickinson), The Straus Company of North Dakota
1985: Vern Bennett (Fargo), Rose and Francis Cree (Dunseith)
1987: Frederick Walsh (Fargo), The Grand Forks Herald (Grand Forks)
1989: Alma Studness (Devils Lake), Catherine Mulligan (Fargo)
1991: Rosemary Landsberger (Bismarck), Peter Schickele (New York City)
1993: David Hanna (Fargo), Jean Waldera (Dickinson), Fargo-Moorhead Civic Opera (Fargo)
1995: Cando Arts Council (Cando), Hal and Kathy Gershman (Grand Forks), James D. Ployhar (Fargo)
1997: Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre (Fargo), Wayne and Bernice Stroup (Garrison)
1999: Linda Whitney (Valley City), Rebecca Engelman (Bismarck), Gwinner Junior Players (Gwinner), Summer Performing Arts Company (Grand Forks), Hornbacher’s Foods (Fargo-Moorhead)
2001: Dr. Timothy J. Kloberdanz (Fargo), Sue Jacobson (Bottineau), David Hamilton (Fargo-Moorhead), Nelson County Arts Council (Pekin)
2003: Mary Louise Defender Wilson (Shields), Jack Dyville and B. Michael Quale (Williston), Grand Forks Public Schools (Dr. Mark Sanford, Superintendent), Trollwood Performing Arts Schools (Fargo)
2005: Bill Eckroth (Bismarck), Gene Okerlund (Fargo), Glory Monson (Rugby), Walter Piehl (Minot), International Music Camp (Minot/International Peace Gardens)
2007: Beth Gigante Klingenstein (Valley City), Little Country Theatre/NDSU Theatre (Fargo), Laurel Reuter (Grand Forks), Cynthia Schumaier-Jelleberg (Belcourt)
2009: Bradley Bachmeier (Fargo), Scott Prebys (Bismarck), Agnes Palanuk (Dickinson), Dakota Prairie Regional Center for the Arts (New Rockford), Tom and Frances Leach Foundation, Inc. (Bismarck)
2011: North Valley Arts Council (Grand Forks), Northern Lights Arts Council (Langdon), Sleepy Hollow Summer Theater (Bismarck), Hardy Lieberg (Minot), The Hotel Donaldson (Fargo)
2013: Taylor Barnes (Jamestown), Eddie “King” Johnson (Rolla), Dr. Thomas Porter (Bismarck), North Dakota Art Gallery Association (Minot), Greater Grand Forks Community Theatre (Grand Forks)
2015: Keith Bear (New Town), Linda Christman (Bismarck), Chuck Suchy (Mandan), Marilyn Johnson (Bismarck), Annette Rorvig (McVille)
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