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Anika Smulovitz, In Honor of the Matriarchs (Torah pointer), 2012
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Rawhide braiding. Image by Ilona McCarty, Open View Photography
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Contra dance lessons in Pocatello
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Governor’s Award in the Arts

Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter and First Lady Lori Otter select the recipients of the biennial awards which bring recognition to Idaho’s exceptional artists, arts organizations, and arts supporters.

On Thursday afternoon, November 10, 2016, the latest honorees received their awards in a public ceremony in the rotunda of the Idaho State Capitol.

2016 awardees
Support of the Arts
National Oregon/California Trail Center — Montpelier
Excellence in the Arts
Michael Baltzell — Boise
Steve Eaton — Boise
John Glenn — Hailey
Idaho State - Civic Symphony — Pocatello
Excellence in Folk and Traditional Arts
Steve Derricott — Meridian
Excellence in Arts Administration
Camille Barigar — Twin Falls
Support of Arts Education
Karen Fothergill — Twin Falls
Sally Machlis — Moscow
Tina Perry — Meridian
Exceptional Service
Jacque Crist — Boise

Nominations for 2018 must be submitted by April 27. Nominees should be Idaho residents, businesses, organizations, or communities.


  • Excellence in the Arts
  • Excellence in Folk & Traditional Arts
  • Support of the Arts
  • Support of Arts Education
  • Excellence in Arts Administration
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Past Recipients & Photos