Highlights from the 2011 Governor's Arts Awards

2011 Governor's Arts Awards Program a Night to Remember in South Bend

A near capacity crowd attended the 2011 Indiana Governor’s Arts Awards program, held April 26, 2012 at the Ernestine M. Raclin School for the Arts on the campus ofGovernor Daniels Introduces Award Artist Indiana University South Bend.

“I do appreciate the efforts made by the Commission in sharing this program with communities around the state and making the arts available and accessible to everyone,” Governor Daniels told the audience. “The arts can bring us together at a time in our nation when so much can divide us. Art should be a common ground for us all.”

The award recipients included: opera singer and educator Sylvia McNair; concert harpist and educator Susann McDonald; philanthropist June Edwards; arts educator, performer and writer Mark Fauser; concert pianist and educator Alexander Toradze; and the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.

More than 300 people from all corners of the state attended the awards dinner, held in the Student Activity Center prior to the awards presentation and performance program.

One common theme for the awards was that of arts education and the impact the recipients have had, and continue to have on the lives and pursuits of young talent.

“The video vignettes that introduced each recipient captured their commitment to creative minds be they future artists, performers, or knowledge seekers,” said IAC Executive Director Lewis C. Ricci. “The dedication of our recipients to their careers, their talents, but more importantly their personal mission to share with others was reflected through the program.”

Performances by students from the Community School for the Arts, Marion; four harp students from the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University Bloomington; the Euclid Quartet, Indiana University South Bend; and Alexander Toradze, Jr., a student at Indiana University Bloomington and the son of award recipient Alexander Toradze, highlighted the evening.

The event marked the third time the awards program has been held outside Indianapolis, and highlighted the impact the arts have on the city of South Bend and surrounding region.

“It has been a pleasure working with the Indiana Arts Commission and the South Bend Visitors and Convention Bureau in hosting this wonderful event,” said Marvin V. Curtis, Dean of Music and Chairman of the local host committee. “South Bend took center stage in the State of Indiana for a few hours as we hosted and feted the accomplishments of these great recipients. We were delighted to showcase our students and faculty at the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts at IU South Bend and hope that we gave a glimpse of the array of talent on our campus.”

The Indiana Arts Commission will open nominations for the 2013 Governor’s Arts Awards late this summer.

2011 Governor's Arts Awards Recipients

Governor Mitch Daniels and the Indiana Arts Commission announced in August 2011 the selection of six recipients of the 2011 Governor's Arts Awards.

"It is my honor to recognize the contributions and dedication these recipients have made to the arts," Governor Daniels said. "Each one is an example of the rich talent Indiana is blessed with."

Below is a list of the 2011 Indiana Governor's Arts Awards recipients. The Indiana Arts Commission will feature each recipient and a bio monthly leading up to the awards ceremony in April. Click on the recipient's image to read their story.

Cicero, Indiana Glass Artist Selected to Create the 2011 Governor's Arts Awards

The Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) recently announced that a Cicero, Indiana glass artist has been chosen to create the 2011 Governor's Arts Awards.

Artist Ben Johnson earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Kent State University (Ohio) before furthering his education at Pilchuck Glass School, Scuola del Vetro Abate Zanetti (Italy), and the Corning Museum of Glass.

Johnson’s work has been exhibited in several museums throughout the country. He has received a Windgate Fellowship Grant Award and was a finalist for the Raphael Founders Prize, Niche Award, LEAP Award, and WNC’s magazine competition.

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Indiana University South Bend to host 2011 Governor's Arts Awards

Governor Mitch Daniels and the Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) have announced the selection of Indiana University South Bend as host of the 2011 Governor’s Arts Awards.

“We are happy to present the 2011 Governor’s Arts Awards program in South Bend,” Daniels said. “It has been a pleasure to share the excitement of Indiana’s highest honor in the arts with communities around our great state.”

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