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Anika Smulovitz, In Honor of the Matriarchs (Torah pointer), 2012
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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.

2022 awardees
Excellence in the Arts
Lauren Edson — Dancer, Boise
Stephanie Inman — Visual Artist, Boise
JanyRae Seda — Visual Artist, Boise
Romey Stuckart and Stephen Schultz — Visual Artists, Sandpoint
Excellence in Folk & Traditional Arts
Tom Bennick — Papermaker, Mountain Home
National Oldtime Fiddlers' Festival — Arts Organization, Weiser
Support of the Arts
Andy Erstad — Architect, Philanthropist, Boise
Support of Arts Education
Daniel Bukvich — Choral Director, Professor, Moscow
Joe Jacoby — Theater Director, Professor, Coeur d'Alene
Kristina Phillips — Music Teacher, Coeur d'Alene
Max Stimac — Choral Teacher, Hailey
Excellence in Arts Administration
Autumn Kersey — Executive Director, Treasure Valley Children's Theater, Meridian
Ali Shute — Executive Director, Coeur d'Alene Arts & Cultural Alliance, Coeur d'Alene
Innovation in the Arts
Terra Feast — Art Teacher, Boise
Sorensen Magnet School of the Arts and Humanities — Public School, Coeur d'Alene
Accessibility in the Arts
Megan Brandel — Dancer, Choreographer, Instructor, Boise
Idaho Parents Unlimited — Arts Service Organization, Boise
Exceptional Service to the Arts
Mark Hofflund — Managing Director, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Boise
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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 closed. The next nominating cycle will open in 2024.

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