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2015 Governorís Arts Awards
Nomination Criteria and Process

The Governor's Arts Awards program honors outstanding citizens and organizations in Montana whose achievements in the arts, or on behalf of the arts, benefit all Montanans. Anyone or any organization in Montana with commensurate accomplishments can be nominated for the Governor's Arts Awards. Awards are not given posthumously.

To make the final selections, the council uses these criteria:
1. Worthiness of statewide recognition
2. Integrity
3. Excellence

Key Dates
August 18 – December 15, 2014 – Nomination process is open for submissions
Early March 2015 – Council members select up to five awardees
June 5, 2015, 3:00 p.m. – Awards Ceremony and Reception in Helena

Check back in mid-2015 for nomination information for future awards.

These distinguished Montana artists and arts organizations are recipients of the 2015 Governorís Arts Award:


Lela Autio   Lela Autio artwork Rectangles
Lela Autio                                                      Topple by Lela Autio
                                                                        Photo credit: Chris Autio

Debra Magpie Earling  Gordon Johnson  
Debra Magpie Earling                                          Gordon Johnson

Missoula Art Museum   Missoula Art Museum foyer
Missoula Art Museum                                  Foyer with Alison Reintjes art

Theodore Waddell   Ted Waddell art Monida Angus
Theodore Waddell                                  Monida Angus by Theodore Waddell


For 2015 honoree's profiles click here.

To view the press release click here.

Previous Governor's Arts Awards Honorees:

Philip Aaberg, 1995
Stephen Ambrose, 1999
Eugene Andrie, 1981
Archie Bray Foundation, 1981
Rudy Autio, 1981
Francis Bardanouve, 1995
Joanna Barker, 2001
Uri Barnea, 2003
Bigfork Summer Playhouse, 1997
Judith Blegen, 1983
Dana Boussard, 1987
John Buck and Deborah Butterfield, 2010
James Lee Burke, 2001
Ray Campeau, 1987
Donald Carey, 2001
Russell Chatham, 1997
Corwin Clairmont, 2008
Terry Conrad, 2008
Custer County Art and Heritage Center, 2003
Gennie DeWeese, 1995
Robert DeWeese, 1995
Ivan Doig, 1991
Becky Eiker, 2005
Judy Ericksen, 2003
LaDonna Fehlberg, 1983
Robert Fehlberg, 1983
Edith Freeman, 1993
Donna Forbes, 2010
Fort Peck Summer Theater and Fort Peck Fine Arts Council, 1999
Eric Funk, 2001
A.B. Guthrie, Jr., 1982
James Haughey, 1981
Hawthorne School, 2005
Walter Hook, 1985
Elmer Jakab, 1999
Dorothy Johnson, 1983
Isabelle Johnson, 1983
Oshanee (Agnes) Kenmille, 2001
William Kittredge, 1985
Ed Lahey, 2008
John Lester, 1986
Myrna Loy, 1989
Stan Lynde, 1983
Norman Maclean, 1987
Arnie Malina, 1997
Thomas McGuane, 1989
Wally McRae, 1989
Terry Melton, 1991
Missoula Childrenís Theatre, 1987
Montana Institute of the Arts, 1993
Montana Power Company, 1999
Montana Repertory Theatre, 1983
Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, 1991
Mary E. Moore, 1997
Robert F. Morgan, 2001
Jo-Anne Mussulman, 1999
Dr. Joseph Mussulman, 1999
David Nelson, 1999
Christopher Parkening, 1987
Myrna Paulus, 2001
Ralph Paulus, 2001
Eewokso - Ernie Pepion, 2005
Lyndon Fayne Pomeroy, 1991
James Poor, 1985
Amy Ragsdale, 2010
James Kenneth Ralston, 1984
Bernie Rasmussen, 1981
Kelly Roberti, 2010
Mary Agnes Roberts, 1991
Joseph S. Sample, 1997
Miriam Sample, 1997
Robert Scriver, 1990
Gary Schildt, 1999
Edmund Sedivy, 1993
Frances Senska, 1988
David Shaner, 1989
Kevin Shannon, 1987
Michael Smuin, 1981
Harold Sprague, 1985
Virginia Sprague, 1985
Benjamin Steele, 1992
Shirley Steele, 1992
William Stockton, 2003
John Talbot, 1994
Susan Talbot, 1994
U S WEST Foundation, 1989
Agnes Vanderburg, 1983
Allen Vizutti, 2008
Peter Voulkos, 1985
James Welch, 1981
Larry D. William, 2003
Pat Williams, 2010
Jessie Wilber, 1988
Yellowstone Art Museum, 1995
Thomas Yellowtail, 1993
Paul Zarzyski, 2005

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