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South Carolina to Honor 2012 Folk Heritage Award Winners
March 13, 2012
COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina Arts Commission and McKissick Museum at the University of South Carolina announce Ashley Carder, Stephen T. Ferrell, and Marvin F. Grant as the 2012 Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award recipients. The S.C. State Legislature will present the awards upon adjournment in the House Chamber, midday on May 3 at the Statehouse.
Fiddle player Carder, of Leesville, gained a good deal of his knowledge from FHA recipient Pappy Sherrill and is being honored for his skills and dedication in maintaining a valued community tradition. Grant, of Georgetown, learned to make hammocks from his aunt and is being recognized for maintaining and sharing the tradition of hammock making. Ferrell, of Edgefield, is being recognized for his unyielding promotion of the alkaline-glazed stoneware pottery tradition.
Following the Statehouse ceremony a reception will be held at the Capstone House on the campus of the University of South Carolina. This informal event gives supporters and the general public the opportunity to celebrate the recipients’ artistic skills and lifetime commitment to the preservation and promotion of traditions rooted in place and community. The reception will take place on the 18th floor.
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.
For more information about the awards ceremony or reception, contact Saddler Taylor, McKissick Museum, at (803) 777-7251 or Julianne Carroll, S.C. Arts Commission, at (803) 734-8764. Also visit the McKissick website at www.cas.sc.edu/mcks/, or the S.C. Arts Commission website at SouthCarolinaArts.com.
About the South Carolina Arts Commission:
The South Carolina Arts Commission is the state agency charged with creating a thriving arts environment that benefits all South Carolinians, regardless of their location or circumstances. Created by the South Carolina General Assembly in 1967, the Arts Commission works to increase public participation in the arts by providing services, grants and leadership initiatives in three areas: arts education, community arts development and artist development. Headquartered in Columbia, S.C., the Arts Commission is funded by the state of South Carolina, by the federal government through the National Endowment for the Arts and other sources. For more information, visit www.SouthCarolinaArts.com or call (803) 734-8696.