Every other year since 1970, the governor of Idaho has bestowed the Governor's Awards in the Arts
on artists, artisans and educators of merit. This year's award ceremony will take place on the second floor of the Idaho State Capitol rotunda on Thursday, Nov. 8. It will be the last time Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter will be in office to receive the winners, and the Idaho Commission on the Arts hopes to go big with this year's celebration.
"We're really hoping to get [the Caldwell-based Mariachi Sol de Acapulco
ensemble] to perform because that would be really spectacular," said Jocelyn Robertson, public information officer for ICA.
GAA-winners are first nominated by members of their community, and those nominations are vetted by ICA's commissioners. Finally, they forward their list to the governor's office for his final decisions. Silver medallions designed by Idaho artist Elizabeth Wolf will be presented to the recipients at the award ceremony.
Winners this year come from across the state, from Coeur d'Alene and Salmon to Idaho Falls and Caldwell, and Robertson said she personally is impressed with the geographic representation in this year's awards.
"We are really excited at how it fell out geographically," she said. "We have the arts thriving throughout the state."
So without any further ado, here are the winners:
Excellence in the Arts:
, pianist and educator, Pocatello
, writer and educator, Boise
Excellence in Folk and Traditional Arts:
Mariachi Sol de Acapulco
, ensemble, Caldwell
, rawhide braider, silver engraver, saddlemaker, Salmon
Support of the Arts:
, arts organization, Garden City
Support of Arts Education:
, retired fifth-grade teacher, Coeur d’Alene
, museum educator, Idaho Falls
Excellence in Arts Administration:
, arts administrator, Ketchum
, arts administrator, Twin Falls
Boise Music Week
, arts organization, Boise
, visual artist, Meridian