By Okon Ekpenyong
Eight artists in Ohio have been conferred with the Governor’s Awards for the Arts as part of the state’s policy to highlight growth and development in all sectors of the economy.
The 2023 winners include Kathy Wade, Arts Administration; Dr. Douglas Marrah, Arts Education; Louella Reese, Arts Patron; and Walnut Street Gallery, LLC, Business Support of the Arts; Michael London, Community Development and Participation Co-Winner; Black Swamp Arts Festival, Community Development and Participation Co-Winner; Tricia Kaman, Individual Artist; and Ann Hamilton, and Irma Lazarus Award.
On Wednesday, May 17, 2023, Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted, and second-lady Tina presented the awards to the recipients at a packed Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel.
With their work, artistry, and stories told through art, the eight winners have inspired thousands in the community, in the state, and throughout the world.
Founded in 1971, the Governor’s Awards recognize individuals and organizations who contribute to the growth and development of Ohio’s cultural resources.
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