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Governor’s Awards in the Arts Recognizes Outstanding Achievements

Recipients of the 2007-08 Governor’s Awards in the Arts were honored by Gov. Steve Beshear at a public celebration Oct. 1 in the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort.

The Governor’s Awards in the Arts recipients are selected in nine different categories, with the Milner Award being the most prestigious and the first, which was established by the Kentucky Arts Council in 1978, after the late B. Hudson Milner.

Owsley Brown II is the recipient of the Milner Award, which recognizes outstanding individual commitment to the arts and their role in the economy, community and culture of Kentucky.

Suzan-Lori Parks, a playwright born in Fort Knox, received the National Award in recognition of her artistic achievement reaching national acclaim.

Vince DiMartino
received the Artist Award for lifetime achievement in the arts.

John Timmons
and ear X-tacy received the Business Award for outstanding support of the arts and artists in Kentucky.

Kentucky Repertory Theatre
received the Community Arts Award for significant contributions to Horse Cave and the surrounding region.

Julie Ann White received the Education Award to recognize her significant contributions to arts education in Owensboro and for the Kentucky Department of Education.

Cowan Community Action Group
received the Folk Heritage Award for its role in promoting and conserving Kentucky’s traditional arts.

The City of Covington received the Government Award for its significant support of the arts through economic development and historic preservation programs.

Charlie Hughes
, founder of Wind Publications and publisher of the Kentucky Literary Newsletter received the Media Award for his commitment to bringing the arts to the attention of the public.

Kentucky Crafted: The Market Named Top 20 Event by Southeast Tourism Society

The Southeast Tourism Society (STS) recently named Kentucky Crafted: The Market as one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast for winter 2009. For 27 years Kentucky Crafted: The Market has provided a place for Kentucky artists to come together with retail buyers from across the nation. Featuring some of the newest artisan products available on the market, this state-sponsored trade show promotes Kentucky culture and generates millions of dollars in revenue. Over 300 exhibitors of fine traditional, folk and contemporary visual art, craft, books, musical recordings and food products participate in the Market.

Bowling Green Orchestra Presents a Century of Symphony
Celebrating 100 years of presenting orchestral music makes the Bowling Green Western Symphony Orchestra the oldest continuously operating symphony orchestra in Kentucky. The 100th season features both a symphony series and a chamber series, along with special activities including a Centennial Symphony Ball on Jan. 17, 2009. For more information, visit [email protected]

Arts Events Around the State
Beyond the Log Cabin:
Kentucky’s Abraham Lincoln
Exhibit opens Oct. 21

Through imagery, artifacts, and interactive activities, Beyond the Log Cabin explores the complex relationship between Lincoln and his native state, and features unique artifacts gathered from repositories and collections across the nation.

The commonwealth’s signature Lincoln bicentennial exhibition opens Oct. 21 at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History in Frankfort.

Beyond the Log Cabin: Kentucky’s Abraham Lincoln was designed by Gallagher & Associates, an international design firm acclaimed for its work on exhibitions and museum projects at the Smithsonian Institution, the Library of Congress, and others.

This exhibition will be on display at the Center for Kentucky History through June 6, 2009, and will then travel to the Speed Art Museum in Louisville for exhibition June 28-Sept. 6, 2009. It will open at the Highlands Museum & Discovery Center in Ashland on Oct. 2, 2009 and remain on display there until Feb. 19, 2010.

Performances of “Abraham Lincoln,” a powerful political drama following Lincoln’s life from just prior to his election to his death in April 1865, continue through Nov. 1 at the Kentucky Repertory Theatre, 107 E. Main St., Horse Cave. Call (800) 342-2177  or visit http://www.kentuckyrep.org.