The 2019 Arts Awards Winners!

The 2019 Arts Awards Winners!

The Greater Augusta Arts Council is pleased to announce the 2019 Arts Awards Winners! Awards will be given in 6 categories to celebrate excellence in the arts.

Join us June 20 for the Annual Awards Dinner and Membership Meeting to celebrate these accomplished community members! Tickets on sale now,  more details below.


2019 Arts Awards Winners

President’s Award: The City of Augusta, for outstanding partnership in public art efforts

Artist: Eryn Eubanks, Musician

This award recognizes exemplary artistic achievement in any arts discipline by a professional or semi-professional artist in the River Region. This winner is one who is dedicated to excellence and growth in their field and achieves recognition above and beyond the River Region. Examples: Visual artists, musicians, dancers, actors, writers, choreographers, set designer, couturier

Arts Professional: Gary Dennis, Executive Director, Jessye Norman School of the Arts

This award is given to an individual who has achieved exemplary administrative or educational achievement in the arts community of the River Region via his or her professional job as an organization’s teacher, leader or administrator. Examples: Directors of organizations; arts instructors; arts promoters; arts workers; development personnel; grant writers; other types of employees of arts organizations

Volunteer: Michael Sleeper, Logistics Lead, Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival

The Volunteer Award is given to an arts volunteer (must be associated with the arts organization in an unpaid capacity) who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to support an arts organization. Examples: leaders of performing/exhibiting groups; community arts advocates; community arts organizers; arts event organizers; organization assistants

Sponsor: Bank of America

A business/individual honored in this category provides significant financial support for the arts.

The Kath Girdler Engler Award for Public Art: Project Forte by the Jessye Norman School of the Arts

Recipients of this award could include: an individual artist who has created public art pieces that provide a new way for us to experience the city, donors and/or sponsors who have financially supported or commissioned the creation of public art, organizations that are championing the cause of public art, or any other individual/entity that exhibits commitment to and leadership in public art initiatives in Augusta.


Arts Awards Dinner June 20. Join the Arts Council in celebrating the winners on Thursday, June 20th at 6 pm at the Foundry at Rae’s Creek, with a cocktail hour 5-6pm. Tickets are $55 ($100 for a pair) and include dinner. Dinner will be hosted at the Foundry at 250 Boy Scout Road.

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About the Arts Awards

Each year at the Arts Council’s Arts Awards and Membership Meeting, we recognize members of Augusta’s vibrant arts community who stand out for their dedication to and standard of excellence in the arts.  The Arts Awards were established to recognize outstanding talent, exceptional initiative and leadership within Augusta’s vibrant arts community.

How they are chosen: Award nominations are made by community members and chosen by a committee of business leaders, residents of Richmond County, arts professionals, former winners, and arts supporters. Interested in serving on the nomination review panel? Email Administration Manager Christina Berkshire at [email protected]

2020 Nominations:Do you know of an outstanding member of the Augusta Arts community who should be recognized for the contributions to the arts? Nominate them for next year! Nominations will be up all year, so bookmark the link below and submit when you think of the perfect candidate!Click here for nomination form.