South Carolina Arts Commission

Governor’s Awards

The South Carolina Governor’s Awards for the Arts

To recognize outstanding achievement and contributions to the arts in South Carolina, the Arts Commission annually presents the Governor’s Awards for the Arts, the highest honor the state gives in the arts.

These awards honor South Carolina arts organizations, patrons, artists, members of the business community, and government entities who maximize their roles as innovators, supporters and advocates of the arts. In 1980, the awards took on a special significance with their designation as the official “Governor’s Awards for the Arts.”

A diverse committee, appointed by the S.C. Arts Commission Board and made up of members of the South Carolina community at large, reviews all nominations and makes recommendations to the Board for final approval.

An iconic statue

The symbol of the awards is a hand-crafted bronze statue (above) designed by Columbia-based artist Jean McWhorter and presented to each recipient. The South Carolina Arts Foundation supports the awards program by sponsoring the annual creation and procurement of these iconic statues.

About the Governor's Awards

  • Nominations for the South Carolina Governor’s Awards for the Arts are now open until Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. ET!

Governor's Award Recipients

  • WATCH: the 2022 Governor’s Awards recipients revealed!

    DARION MCCLOUD
    Artist | Columbia

    DR. ED MADDEN
    Individual | Columbia

    CARRIE ANN POWER
    Arts in Education | Aiken

    ONE COLUMBIA FOR ARTS AND CULTURE
    Organization | Columbia

I’m here to help!

For additional information and advisement, please contact Communications Director Jason Rapp (803.734.8899 | jrapp@arts.sc.gov).