Celebrating 100 years of women's suffrage in Idaho
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Anika Smulovitz, In Honor of the Matriarchs (Torah pointer), 2012
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Rawhide braiding. Image by Ilona McCarty, Open View Photography
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Contra dance lessons in Pocatello
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Governor’s Award in the Arts

The biennial awards, established in 1970, recognize and encourage excellence in the arts in Idaho and stimulate and support awareness of the arts throughout the state. Nominees must be Idaho residents, businesses based in Idaho, organizations or communities that have, through creative accomplishments or distinguished service, made a significant contribution to the cultural life of Idaho.

2018 awardees
Excellence in the Arts
Mark Neiwirth — Pocatello
Diane Raptosh — Boise
Excellence in Folk and Traditional Arts
Mariachi Sol de Acapulco — Caldwell
Jeff Minor — Salmon
Support of the Arts
Surel’s Place — Garden City
Support of Arts Education
David Groth — Coeur d’Alene
Alexa Stanger — Idaho Falls
Excellence in Arts Administration
Kristin Poole — Ketchum
Carolyn White — Twin Falls
Special Commendation
Boise Music Week — Boise
Dan Looney — Meridian

Award categories include Excellence in the Arts, Excellence in Folk & Traditional Arts, Support of the Arts, Support of Arts Education, and Excellence in Arts Administration. Nominations must include a brief description of why the nominee merits the award, 3-5 letters of recommendation, and any supporting materials such as magazine and newspaper articles, résumés, or artist statements. Examples of artwork are strongly encouraged for the Excellence in the Arts and Traditional Arts categories.

Nominations are currently closed. The next cycle will open in 2022.

Award History
Past Recipients & Photos