Celebration of the Arts Awards - 2017 Honorees

Top Row (left to right): Dr. Don Noble (Tuscaloosa) Governor's Arts Award, Dr. Art Bacon (Talladega) Governor's Arts Award and Cheryl Morgan (Birmingham) Governor's Arts Award. Middle Row (left to right): Mayor Todd Strange (Montgomery) Council's Legacy Award, Gail Andrews (Birmingham) Jonnie Dee Riley Little Lifetime Achievement Award and Chuck Leavell (Tuscaloosa/Dry Branch, GA) Governor's Arts Award. Third Row (left to right): Jake Landers ((Tuscumbia) Alabama Folk Heritage Award and Eddie Floyd (Montgomery) Alabama Distinguished Artists Award.

The “Celebration of the Arts Awards” program recognizes Alabama artists for their work and contribution to the arts in Alabama, across the United States, and beyond. Nominations may include professional artists, businesspersons, arts volunteers, arts patrons, arts administrators, legislators, arts educators and others noted for promoting the arts in Alabama.

The basic criteria for a selection and an honor are the level of achievement in and/or support for the arts in Alabama. The event is held every other year, with years ending in odd numbers.

NOTE: The 2019 Celebration of the Arts Awards is scheduled for Wednesday, May 22, 2019. More info to follow.

Awards are given in the following categories:

History of the Arts Award Program

For a detailed look at the history of our Arts Award program, click here.

How to Nominate

The Council welcomes nominations for the Arts Award program. Please click on "How to Nominate" for more information about making a nomination.