Tulsa architect among Governor's Arts Awards winners
BY JAMES D. WATTS JR. World Scene Writer
Friday, October 12, 2012
10/12/12 at 4:14 AM
The Philbrook Museum of Art, Choregus Productions and Tulsa architect Charles Ward, whose work includes Tulsa's Central Library building, are among the recipients of the 2012 Governor's Arts Awards, presented by the Oklahoma Arts Council.
The awards will be presented by Gov. Mary Fallin in a ceremony at 4 p.m. Nov. 8 in the fourth floor rotunda of the state Capitol in Oklahoma City. The awards ceremony and the reception following are free and open to the public.
Ward designed such local landmarks as Southminster Presbyterian Church, the Education Service Center and the Thornton Family YMCA, as well as the so-called "Comma" house that was his home for several decades. He will receive the Governor's Award, which recognizes longtime leadership and significant contributions to the arts.
Other honorees include Don Betz, president of the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, and Christian Keesee, head of the Kirkpatrick Family Foundation in Oklahoma City.
Philbrook will receive the Community Service Award, given to individuals and organizations for significant contributions to the arts in specific Oklahoma communities in the areas of leadership and volunteerism.
Other recipients this year include Bob Palmer, Bethany; Dolores McClure, Enid; Laurie Thompson, Mangum; and Mary Bryant, Nancy Harris and Marlene Woods, all of Arnett.
Choregus Productions, which was founded in 2006 by Ken Tracy and has brought to Tulsa everything from cutting-edge modern dance to opera legends in recital, will be one of the recipients of the Arts in Education Award, in recognition of the company's efforts to provide free performances and workshops for young audiences by its guest artists.
Others to be honored for outstanding leadership and service in the arts benefitting youth and arts in education are Norman's Firehouse Arts Center and the Oklahoma City Philharmonic.
Rogers State University's RSU Public TV is one of the winners of the Media in the Arts Awards, along with KOSU radio station in Stillwater and OKIE magazine in Lawton.
AVB Bank in Broken Arrow is the lone honoree for the Business in the Arts Award, while Enid mayor Bill Shewey will receive the George Nigh Public Service in the Arts Award.
Chickasha artist Mike Larsen, whose work includes the 26-foot mural in the state Capitol honoring Oklahoma's five Indian ballerinas, will receive the Special Recognition Award for his unique contributions in support of the arts.
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Architect Charles Ward will be honored with the Governor's Award next month in recognition of his longtime leadership and significant contributions to the arts. MATT BARNARD/Tulsa World file