Wyoming Arts Council

2017 Governor’s Arts Awards Winners Announced

Governor Matt Mead has announced the recipients of the Wyoming Arts Council’s 2017 Governor’s Arts Awards. Recipients will be honored at a dinner and awards ceremony on Feb. 9 in Cheyenne.

The recipients are: Susan Moldenhauer, individual artist/community arts builder/retired director of the UW Art Museum from Laramie; ART 321/Casper Artists Guild, a nonprofit organization offering art exhibitions and workshops in a renovated warehouse in downtown Casper; Patrick Patton, professor of music/choral instructor/conductor from Casper; and Leslie O’Hashi, director of the Bodylines Dance Theatre from Cheyenne.

Established in 1982, the Governor’s Arts Awards winners are selected based on their substantial contributions made in Wyoming that exemplify a long-term commitment to the arts, with special consideration given to nominees whose arts service is statewide.

There are many nominations submitted for the Governor’s Arts Awards each year, and the selection process is competitive. Nominations are submitted to the Wyoming Arts Council in October and reviewed in November by the Wyoming Arts Council Board. The Board then sends recommendations to the Governor for the final decision.

Nominations are open to any Wyoming citizen, business or community member. Award criteria includes: length of commitment to the arts, outstanding contribution or impact, breadth of support, involvement in special initiatives supporting the arts, artistic excellence/level of standards.

The Governor’s Arts Awards were first made possible by an endowment from the Union Pacific Foundation in honor of Mrs. John U. Loomis, a lifelong patron of the arts. Over the years, individuals and organizations from more than 25 Wyoming communities and statewide organizations have been honored for their dedication to the arts in Wyoming.

For more information about the Governor’s Arts Awards, contact the Wyoming Arts Council at 307-777-7742 or visit wyoarts.state.wy.us/wac- program/gaa.

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