Governor’s Arts Awards
The Governor’s Arts Awards were established in 1971 to recognize individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the arts or cultural life of Tennessee. These biennial awards are Tennessee’s highest honor in the arts, celebrating the outstanding contributions of artists, arts organizations, volunteers, schools, educators, local governments, legislators, and corporate citizens on the state or national level.
- 2021-2023 Award Winners
- 2019 Award Winners
- 2017 Award Winners
- 2015 Award Winners
- Previous Winners 2001-2013
- Previous Winners 1971-2000
- 2021 Governor’s Arts Awards Press Release
- 2019 Governor’s Arts Awards Press Release
- 2017 Governor’s Arts Awards Press Release
- 2015 Governor’s Arts Awards Press Release
Folklife Heritage Award
Presented to folk artists or organizations that have made outstanding contributions to Tennessee’s traditional arts. The award honors significant achievements within art forms that are rooted in the traditional or ethnic cultures of Tennessee.
Arts Leadership Award
Presented to individuals or organizations who have demonstrated significant contributions which have impacted or advanced the value of the arts in Tennessee. Examples of recipients include arts organizations, businesses, educators, patrons, arts administrators, corporations and volunteers.
Distinguished Artist Award
Presented to Tennessee artists of exceptional talent and creativity in any discipline whose work has significant and lasting impact on a state or national level.