The South Carolina Arts Commission has announced the winners of the 2015 Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Awards for the Arts.
The award is the highest honor the state presents in the arts and recognizes outstanding achievement and contributions to the arts in South Carolina.
“South Carolina’s quality of life, education and economy are enhanced tremendously by those who dedicate their work and lives to the arts,” said S.C. Arts Commission chairman, Henry Horowitz. “The Verner Awards recognize that service of commitment and passion. We are honored again this year to present the awards to a most worthy group of organizations and individuals. We are grateful for their contributions to our state.”
This year’s recipients include Aldwyth of Hilton Head Island in the artist category; Donald Portnoy of Columbia in the individual category; and Terry K. Peterson of Kiawah Island, who is receiving a Lifetime Achievement award.
The commission also selected Howe Hall Arts Infused Magnet School of Goose Creek in the Arts in Education category; Wells Fargo Bank in the business category; The City of Lancaster in the government category; and the College of Charleston School of the Arts in the organization category.
The awards will be presented formally May 13 in Columbia during the South Carolina Arts Gala, a fundraiser supporting the programs of the S.C. Arts Commission. For more about the Verner Awards or the S.C. Arts Gala, call (803) 734-8696 or visit southcarolinaarts.com.
My story of Agnes
Columbia’s artist Laurie Brownell McIntosh’s exhibit, “All the In Between: My Story of Agnes,” is on display one the first floor of Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge Hospital, 400 Palmetto Health Parkway.
The exhibit uses more than 70 painted panels to tell the life story of McIntosh’s late mother, Agnes Smith Brownell. The exhibit was completed in June 2012.
McIntosh has been a professional graphic designer since 1986 and is the creative director of Brownell McIntosh Graphic Design in Columbia. She is a full-time resident artist of Vista Studios/Gallery 80808 in Columbia’s Vista district. She majored in studio art from the University of South Carolina.
“This is a fantastic way to expose our team members to the wonderful world of art,” said Sarah Kirby, Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge acute care executive. “We are so pleased that Mrs. McIntosh can share her mother’s story with all of us here at Palmetto Health.”
The free exhibit is open to the public.
A youthful touch of art
The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County will open the Youth Arts Month exhibition at 5:30 Thursday at the Bassett Gallery, 810 Lyttleton St., Camden.
Kershaw County art teachers from grades K-12 selected their top students’ work for the exhibition that will remain on display at the gallery through April 9.
The works will be judged again at the Center and the best from each grade level will be featured in the FAC’s traveling Youth Arts display at various businesses throughout the county before going on display at the State House in Columbia.
The exhibition is sponsored by the Target Corporation and is an annual partnership with the Kershaw County School District.