Three artist-academics will receive the 2013 Governor’s Arts Awards.
The Connecticut residents to be honored are: poet, essayist, playwright Elizabeth Alexander of Hamden, chairwoman of the African-American studies department at Yale University; saxophonist, composer, bandleader. Jimmy Greene of Newtown, assistant professor of music and assistant coordinator of jazz studies at Western Connecticut State University; artist and academic Olu Oguibe of Rockville, professor of art and art history and associate director of the Institute of African American Studies at the University of Connecticut.
They will be honored June 15 at 6:30 p.m. on the New Haven Green, as part of the International Festival for Arts & Ideas.
The Governor’s Arts Awards ceremony began in 1978 as a high-profile televised event celebrating the arts in the state with video presentations of the winners and performances in their honor at various theaters across the state.
In the recent past the arts awards were lumped together with recipients in the areas of tourism and history/humanities, along with corporate supporters in those fields.
This year the arts section is being recognized separately and given a more respectable venue than the lobby of the Legislative Office Building where it had been held in recent years.
For this year’s selection, a list of more than 100 names were assembled by the staff of the Office of the Arts from past nominations received as well as new ones. The arts council of about 20 members reviews nominations make their recommendations. The final selection is approved by governor's office.
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