The Greater Augusta Arts Council announced its 2020 Augusta Arts Awards winners Thursday.
Spokesman Rhian Swain announced the following seven winners:
ARTIST AWARD: KARLTON CLAY
Clay has been working as an artist in the Southeast for over 17 years and is a national and international award-winning writer, producer and director. He has written, produced, and directed many theater productions, short films and web serials.
ARTS PROFESSIONAL: PORTER STOKES
Stokes has been the artistic director and conductor of the Augusta Choral Society since 1999. Over the years he has found ways to include diverse members of the community in the ACS concerts, such as youth choirs, Irish musicians, first responders, military and narrators.
KATH GIRDLER ENGLER AWARD FOR PUBLIC ART: WESLEY STUART and COLEEN BEYER
Stuart and Beyer have several completed public art pieces around Augusta, as well as several in progress. The two are currently creating paintings on the underpasses on Eve Street and Crawford Avenue. Wesley is also part of a team working on the Beacon Station Public Art Project.
MEDIA: VELVET PERRY
Perry, as head of Perry Broadcasting in North Augusta, has promoted Augusta’s local arts agenda for many years.
SPONSOR: DOCTORS HOSPITAL OF AUGUSTA
Doctors Hospital actively created arts programming such as “Music for Monday Mornings,” a collaboration with Garden City Jazz that brings live music into the lobby every month. The hospital also supports the Jessye Norman School of the Arts, Creative Impressions, Westobou Festival and other local arts entities.
VOLUNTEER: CAROL REZZELLE
Since 1999, Rezzelle has written, directed and produced more than a dozen original plays, musicals and dinner theater productions for the Enopion Theatre Company.
PRESIDENT’S AWARD: LARRY MILLARD and CHERYL GOLDSLEGER
Millard has had 25 solo exhibitions and his work has been included in over 210 group exhibitions and several public art venues. He has won several awards, grants and commissions for his creative work and teaching. A recent piece is the Harrisburg Portal, a sculptural work celebrating the history of Augusta’s Harrisburg community.
Goldsleger exhibits her work nationally and internationally, with her most recent exhibition, Vast Scale-Intimate Space, included in the European Cultural Centre’s 2019 Venice Art Biennale exhibition in Italy. Her work is represented in important museum collections such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Fogg Museum at Harvard University, and the Tel Aviv Museum. She is also the Morris Eminent Scholar in Art at Augusta University.
Swain said the Annual Arts Awards were established to recognize outstanding talent, exceptional initiative and leadership within Augusta’s vibrant arts community.
Nominations were submitted by the public, and the finalists were chosen by a panel of local arts community leaders.
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Arts Awards dinner will not be held this year. Instead, the winners will be presented at the November Arts Day Luncheon. A virtual celebration will be shared on social media, and the winners will be published in Augusta Magazine.
A date for the luncheon has not been set at this time.