South Carolina Arts Commission

South Carolina Arts Commission

S.C. Arts Awards

The South Carolina Arts Awards are a joint presentation held annually by the South Carolina Arts Commission, South Carolina Arts Foundation, and McKissick Museum at the University of South Carolina.

Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Awards for the Arts

Recipients from their respective categories are recognized for outstanding achievement and contributions to the arts in South Carolina with the Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Awards for the Arts.

Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Awards

Up to four artists and one advocate are recognized with the Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award as practitioners and advocates of traditional arts significant to communities throughout the state. Their traditions embody folklife’s dynamic, multigenerational nature, and its fusion of artistic and utilitarian ideals.

2020 South Carolina Arts Awards

Wednesday, May 6, 2020 POSTPONED
Pastides Alumni Center at UofSC
900 Senate St., Columbia

THE SOUTH CAROLINA ARTS AWARDS ARE POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. Please read the official statement here.

Join the six 2020 recipients of the Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Award for the Arts and the 2020 recipients of the Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award (to be announced soon) as they are honored for excellence in their fields and their outstanding contributions to South Carolina culture.

Both awards events will take place in the ballroom of the Pastides Alumni Center. At the conclusion of the luncheon, general seating will open for guests only attending the ceremony.

  • Grand buffet-style luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. (vegetarian option available)
  • Food service ends at 12:30 p.m.
  • Advance tickets required. Cost is $50.

Ticket sales are suspended until further notice.

Parking is available in the Park Street garage adjacent to the Pastides Alumni Center. Enter on Park or Pendleton streets. Hourly fees apply. The garage accepts cash and debit/credit cards.

  • Free and open to the public
  • Seating begins at 12:45 p.m.
  • 1 p.m. ceremony

As the luncheon concludes, place settings will be cleared and general seating will open at 12:45 to guests only attending the ceremony. Ceremony guests arriving early are welcome to enjoy complimentary light beverage service in the lobby until doors open for seating.

Parking is available in the Park Street garage adjacent to the Pastides Alumni Center. Enter on Park or Pendleton streets. Hourly fees apply. The garage accepts cash and debit/credit cards.