The biggest movie star to come out of Kentucky in a long time and the town where his family has roots have been honored as part of the Governor's Awards in the Arts.
Oscar-winning actor, director and screenwriter George Clooney, a native of Augusta, has received the national award, which honors those who have achieved national fame in the arts; and Maysville, the Clooneys' hometown, has received the government award, which honors significant support for the arts through government action.
The awards, Kentucky's highest honor in the arts, recognize significant contributions of artists, arts organizations, volunteers, schools, educators, local governments, legislators and businesses to the arts in Kentucky or the nation. They are nominated by the public, selected by the Kentucky Arts Council and approved by the governor.
The awards will be handed out at a public ceremony on Oct. 6 at the state Capitol in Frankfort.
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Other recipients are:
■ Songwriter Chilton Price of Louisville, artist award, honoring lifetime achievement in the arts.
■ Liquor Barn of Lexington, business award, which honors businesses that have shown outstanding interest in or support of the arts.
■ Janice Mason Art Museum in Cadiz, community arts award, honoring positive impact in the community through the arts.
■ Louisville pianist and teacher Harry Pickens, education award, which honors significant contribution to arts in education.
■ Kentucky Folk Art Center in Morehead, folk heritage award, for outstanding effort to perpetuate and promote Kentucky's unique artistic traditions.
■ Judith Egerton of The Courier-Journal of Louisville, media award, for a commitment to bringing the arts to the attention of the public.
■ Bowling Green businessman Jerry E. Baker, Milner Award, for outstanding philanthropic, artistic or other contribution to the arts.