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Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Awards

2016 Recipients

 

The South Carolina Arts Commission and McKissick Museum at the University of South Carolina announce the 2016 Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award recipients:

 

 

Recipients of the 2016 Folk Heritage Awards

The awards will be presented May 11 at 11 a.m. during a ceremony at the Statehouse in Columbia. Recipients will also be recognized at Southside Baptist Church, 702 Whaley St., during a special concert beginning at 6:15 p.m., prior to the S.C. Arts Gala. The ceremony and concert are free and open to the public.

 

Currently the Chief of the Catawba Nation, Bill Harris of Rock Hill began learning traditional Catawba pottery at age 18 from his grandmother, Georgia Harris, a recipient of a National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Since the 1970s, Harris has cultivated his knowledge by learning aspects of the art from other Catawba potters. His work has been featured in exhibitions throughout the region, and the Catawba Cultural Preservation Project has named him a Master Potter, an honor only given to those who have been recognized by their peers as outstanding practitioners of the tradition.

 

Harold Clayton was a native of the Warrior Creek community near Gray Court. He played the upright bass and guitar, but his true passion was in providing a venue for music to be presented, taught, and appreciated. In 2006, Clayton, with the help of friends, remodeled and opened the Owings Music Hall. Now musicians from across the region show up every Friday and Saturday night to play for crowds of young and old and offer lessons. Clayton also made a conscious effort to share his love of music with his family – both his son and grandson learned from him and are accomplished musicians today. Clayton passed away in April 2015, but his family and the music community continue to carry on his legacy.

 

Also on May 11, the award recipients will be honored by McKissick Museum during a ticketed luncheon and by the S.C. Arts Foundation during the South Carolina Arts Gala, a fundraiser supporting the programs of the S.C. Arts Commission. For more information about the luncheon, contact Jane Przybysz at McKissick Museum, (803) 777-7251. The gala begins at 7:15 p.m. in the Grand Hall, 701 Whaley St.; tickets are $75 per person. For more information about the gala, visit www.SouthCarolinaArts.com.

 

The Folk Heritage Award is named for the late Jean Laney Harris, an ardent supporter of the state's cultural heritage. The award was created by the legislature in 1987 to recognize lifetime achievement in the folk arts. The artistic traditions represented by the award are significant because they have endured, often for hundreds of years.

About the Folk Heritage Awards

 

For more information about the Folk Heritage Awards, please contact Laura Marcus Green (803-734-8764), South Carolina Folklife & Traditional Arts Program Director.