Governor’s Arts Awards

The 2015 Poster for the Governor's Arts Awards feature's Marty Stuart performing at Festival South in Hattiesburg.  Stuart received a Governor's Arts Award in 1999. Photo by James Patterson, designed by Creative Distillery.

The Governor’s Arts Awards are presented annually to outstanding writers, artists, performers, craftsmen and educators who have made significant and lasting contributions through their work as well as to corporations or organizations on the basis of their dedication to arts advancement. Previous winners include B.B. King, James “Super Chikan” Johnson, Mary Katharine Loyacono McCravey, the late Little Milton (Campbell), Dr. David Blackburn, the Mississippi Alliance for Arts Education, USA International Ballet Competition, William Eggleston, Bo Diddley and Charles Burnett.

Nominations are made annually by the general public and the recipients are selected by a panel of experts across all fields of the arts. 


Governor & Mrs. Bryant with the 2015 recipients of the Governor's Arts Awards


The 2015 Governor's Arts Awards were held on Thursday, February 19, 2015 in the Concert Hall of Belhaven University Center for the Arts



2015 Governor's Awards Sponsors

MAC would like to thank our 2015 Governor's Awards sponsors for their support of this year's event.  Without their generous contributions, the event would not be possible.  For information on sponsoring the 2016 event, contact Susan Liles at sliles@arts.ms.gov.

Premier Partners                                

Mississippi Public Broadcasting

Peavey Electronics


Principal Partner                                            


Ergon, Inc.

Grace & Shinn Lee

John N. Palmer


Grand Patrons                                      

Gail & Larry A. Albert


Donna & Jim Barksdale

David & Shawn Brevard

Chevron Products Company

Myrna Colley-Lee

Community Foundation of Greater Jackson

EastGroup Properties

Jan & Lawrence Farrington

Lesly Murray & Steve Edds

Nan & Mike Sanders

Sanderson Farms

Peggy & Don Sprabery

Trustmark National Bank

Nancy & Bill Yates


Canizaro Cawthon Davis Architects

The Citizens Bank  

Mississippi Arts & Entertainment Center                                          

Dr. & Mrs. Ronald Schwartz



Nancy & Roy Campbell 

Fred & Margaret Carl

Holly & Alan Lange

Lisa & Bill Percy

Carol Puckett                                          

Marie & Brian Sanderson

Jay Weiner

Williams, Pitts & Beard, PLLC

Complete listing of previous Governor's Arts Award recipients