Governor Tom Corbett and First Lady Susan Corbett recognized the recipients of the 2013 Governor's Awards for the Arts last night at a ceremony at the Whitaker Center in Harrisburg. The awards recognized and honored outstanding Pennsylvania artists, arts organizations and patrons who have made significant contributions to the advancement of the arts.
"Each of (this year’s honorees) has made a contribution to our culture that will resonate for years to come. Because of that, we pay homage to their genius, generosity, imagination and impact," said Corbett.
Bill and Beverlee Lehr received the Patron Award. The Lehrs are philanthropists from Palmyra, Lebanon County. The couple is committed on a local and national level and has recently established the Bill Lehr Fund at the Americans for the Arts Foundation. Beverlee Lehr has ties to Lancaster County, having graduated from Millersville University with a bachelor’s degree in art. Her ceramic sculptures are shown statewide, including here locally at the Lancaster Museum of Art.
Philadelphia native Jerry Pinkey received the Distinguished Arts Award. Pinkey now lives in Westchester County, New York. He has exhibited nationally and world-wide, including the Brandywine River Museum in nearby Chadd’s Ford. His art, in fact, is part of a permanent collection at the Brandywine River Museum. This award is presented to a Pennsylvania born artist whose work has enriched the state and fellow Pennsylvanians.
Husband and wife glass artists Kathleen Mulcahy and Ron Desmett received the Artists of the Year award. The two exhibit internationally and are co-founders of the Pittsburgh Glass Center. The Pittsburgh Glass Center is a state-of-the-art facility. It is a school and a gallery, as well as a LEED Gold Certified glass art studio. They call Oakdale, Allegheny County home.
Live, a multi-platinum-selling rock band from York, received the Arts Innovation Award. The band, comprised of Chad Taylor, Patrick Dahlheimer and Chad Gracey, has been instrumental in development projects and community investments in York and statewide. The band actually got started at a middle school talent show. The band went through several names before settling on Live.
The awards are administered by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. They were first introduced in 1980 by then-Governor Dick Thornburgh,
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