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Governor’s Arts Awards

The 2014 recipients (left to right) Lesley Silver, John Maxwell, Bill Baggett, Jim Weatherly and James Cotton


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.

The 2015 Ceremony

The 2015 Governor's Arts Awards will be held on Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 6:00pm in the Concert Hall of Belhaven University Center for the Arts.   All of the exciting details regarding the 2015 ceremony will be coming soon!

If you are interested in serving as a sponsor of the event, please contact Susan Liles at

Complete listing of previous Governor's Arts Award recipients