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The Governor's Awards in the Arts


The Governor's Awards in the Arts honor Kentucky individuals, businesses, and organizations that make outstanding and significant contributions to the arts in Kentucky. The Governor's Awards in the Arts are coordinated by the Kentucky Arts Council.

The Milner Award was established in 1977, in honor of B. Hudson Milner, a Louisville utility executive and civic leader whose contributions to the arts in Kentucky remain important to this day. The Milner Award remains the most prestigious tribute presented for outstanding individual contributions to the arts in Kentucky.

The National Award recognizes a Kentucky son or daughter who has achieved national acclaim.

The Artist Award recognizes a Kentucky artist with a lifetime of achievement in the arts.

The Business Award recognizes an individual or business with an outstanding interest in and support of the arts.

The Community Award recognizes an individual or organization that has played a lead role in encouragement for the arts in their community.

The Education Award recognizes an individual or organization that has made a significant contribution to arts in education.

The Government Award recognizes the work of an individual or agency supporting the arts through government action.

The Media Award recognizes an organization or journalist that has shown an outstanding commitment to bringing the arts to the attention of the public.

The Folk Heritage Award recognizes an individual or organization that has made an outstanding effort to perpetuate and promote Kentucky's unique artistic traditions.


Program 420

This week Mixed Media honors the memory of master wood turner Rude Osolnik with a feature about him and his work that first aired in 1993. In addition, you'll meet several of the recipients who won Governor's Awards in the Arts for 2000. (#420)

Program 439

Profiles five recipients of the 2001 Governor’s Awards in the Arts, given each year to honor Kentucky individuals, businesses, and organizations that make outstanding and significant contributions to the arts in Kentucky. (#439)





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