FRANKFORT — Eight Kentucky individuals and groups were honored Thursday for their contributions to the state's arts and culture when the Governor's Awards in the Arts were handed out.
Praising the state's longstanding tradition in the arts, Gov. Steve Beshear introduced the honorees at the ceremony, held midday in the Capitol Rotunda.
The honorees were glass artist and Centre College professor Stephen Rolfe Powell of Danville, artist award; Appalachian historian and Appalachian Center founder Loyal Jones of Berea, folk heritage award; Herald-Leader culture writer Rich Copley of Lexington, media award; Mountain Arts Center in Prestonsburg, government award; Designing Women actress Annie Potts, national award; arts patron and philanthropist Al Shands of Crestwood, Milner Award; Louisville-based wealth management company J.J.B. Hilliard, W.L. Lyons LLC, business award; the Mayfield/Graves County Art Guild, community arts award; and retired band and choral director Melanie Wood of Louisville, education award.
Each winner received a mixed-media relief sculpture by Lexington artist LaVon Van Williams Jr.
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All the honorees but Potts were in attendance; she submitted a recorded video thank-you.