S.C. Arts Commission Seeking Nominations to Honor State's Arts Luminaries

Staff Report

Thursday, August 27th, 2020

The South Carolina Arts Commission is once again seeking to honor persons or organizations in South Carolina who exhibit the highest levels of achievement, influence or support of the arts. 

Eligible persons fitting that description can now be nominated for the South Carolina Governor’s Award for the Arts, which recognizes South Carolinians who exhibit outstanding achievement or support of the arts. The Governor’s Awards use a simple, online nomination process, and all it takes to make a nomination is one letter. The nomination letters are due Friday, Nov. 6, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. ET.   

Nomination letters for the Governor’s Awards should describe the nominee's exemplary contributions to the arts in South Carolina and should address any characteristics included in the category descriptions. The letter should answer these questions:   

  • What makes the nominee superior or extraordinary? 

  • How has the nominee demonstrated leadership in the arts? 

  • What exceptional achievements or contributions has the nominee made, and what has been their impact on the community, state or beyond? 

  • What other information about the nominee is important to know as they are considered for the state's highest award in the arts?   

Governor’s Award nominations can be made in the following categories: 

  • Arts in Education 

  • Organization 

  • Government 

  • Business/Foundation 

  • Individual 

  • Artist   

For complete nomination guidelines or more information about the South Carolina Governor's Awards for the Arts, visit SouthCarolinaArts.com or contact Senior Deputy Director Milly Hough: mhough@arts.sc.gov or 803.734.8698.  

The Governor’s Awards, along with the Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award, will be presented at the 2021 South Carolina Arts Awards ceremony in the spring. This year, the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in the first virtual South Carolina Arts Awards ceremony, which occurred in July rather than May. A decision on how and when the 2021 South Carolina Arts Awards will be presented is to be announced at a later date.