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Corbetts laud PA artists' contributions

Updated: Wednesday, October 23 2013, 08:10 AM CDT
Posted by: Lauren Gross

HARRISBURG -- Gov. Tom Corbett and First Lady Susan Corbett tonight recognized the recipients of the 2013 Governor’s Awards for the Arts. 

The ceremony, held in Harrisburg’s Whitaker Center, honored outstanding Pennsylvania artists, arts organizations and patrons who have made significant contributions to the advancement of the arts.

“All of this year’s honorees are a window into the range of talent and imagination found in every corner of Pennsylvania,” Corbett said. “Each of them has made a contribution to our culture that will resonate for years to come. Because of that, we pay homage to their genius, generosity, imagination and impact.”

The awards are a tradition spanning 33 years in Pennsylvania and are administered by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Each year the ceremony is held in a different location within the state. This is the first time in 11 years the ceremony has been held in Harrisburg. 

Tonight’s awards were presented to the following people:

• Jerry Pinkney, a native Philadelphian now living in Westchester County, N.Y. -- Distinguished Arts Award: Caldecott Award-winning children’s book illustrator.

• Kathleen Mulcahy and Ron Desmett, Oakdale, Allegheny County -- Artists of the Year: Husband and wife glass artists who exhibit internationally and are co-founders of the Pittsburgh Glass Center.

• Live, York, York County -- Arts Innovation Award: Multi-platinum-selling rock band that has leveraged development projects and community investments in York and other regions of the state to create local job and business opportunities.

• Bill and Beverlee Lehr, Palmyra, Lebanon County -- Patron Award: Philanthropists.

“The Governor’s Awards for the Arts represent Pennsylvania’s highest recognition of artistic talent and personal commitment to the arts,” Mrs. Corbett said. “The governor and I are pleased to acknowledge and celebrate the many contributions of the 2013 recipients.”
Corbetts laud PA artists' contributions

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