Governor’s Arts Awards

2016 Governor's Arts Awards Ceremony at Duling Hall in Jackson. Credit: Mississippi Public Broadcasting

2017 Governor's Arts Awards
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Old Capitol Museum, 100 S. State St., Jackson
4:30 p.m. Public Reception, 1st Floor
6:00 p.m. Awards Ceremony, 2nd Floor, House Chamber
Free and open to the public. Seating is limited. No RSVP necessary.

The Governor’s Arts Awards program signifies the important relationship between government and the arts. The arts combine vision and creativity while enriching society’s cultural horizons. Established in 1988, the Governor’s Arts Awards recognize those who have made noteworthy contributions to, or achieved artistic excellence in, the state of Mississippi. The awards event is presented each year by the Mississippi Arts Commission in partnership with the Governor’s Office.

Nomination Criteria

Nomination Application (to be updated for 2018)

Nominations for the 2018 Governor's Arts Awards will open in Spring 2017.

Contact: Melia Dicker, Communications Director, mdicker@arts.ms.gov or 601-359-6546


2017 Recipients

    William R. Ferris - Lifetime Achievement
    Sammy Britt - Excellence in Visual Art
    Vasti Jackson - Arts Ambassador
    Lucy Richardson Janoush - Arts Patron
    Jaimoe Johnie Johnson - Excellence in Music
    Mississippi Opera - Artistic Excellence

2016 Recipients »


Complete listing of previous Governor's Arts Award recipients by year

Complete listing of previous Governor's Arts Award recipients by name (.xlsx spreadsheet)