Big Horn Artist Wins Governor’s Art Award
Photo courtesy of the University of Wyoming
Big Horn ceramics artist, educator, and editor Elaine Henry of Big Horn will be one of the recipients of the Wyoming Arts Council’s 2018 Governor’s Arts Awards. Along with the other winners, Henry will be honored at a dinner and awards ceremony on Feb. 8, in Cheyenne.
Since the program began in 1982, the annual Governor’s Arts Awards winners have been selected based on their substantial contributions made in Wyoming that exemplify a long-term commitment to the arts, with special consideration given to nominees whose arts service is statewide.
Nominations are open to any Wyoming citizen, business, or community member. Award criteria include: length of commitment to the arts, outstanding contribution or impact, breadth of support, involvement in special initiatives supporting the arts, artistic excellence, and level of standards.
Henry is an internationally recognized artist who is the former editor and publisher of the international ceramics journals Ceramics: Art & Perceptionand Ceramics TECHNICAL.She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Wyoming, a Masters of Fine Arts from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. She is currently working on a Master of Arts in English at the University of Wyoming.
Henry served as the President of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) from 2002 to 2004 and the International Ceramics Magazine Editors Association (ICMEA) from 2014 to 2016. She is currently a Fellow of NCECA and a lifetime member of ICMEA.
Every October, many nominations are submitted to the Wyoming Arts Council for the competitive selection process.
The council board reviews the nominations in November, then sends recommendations to the Governor for the final decision.
The other winners are:
Visual artist and educator Karyne Dunbar from Shell
Artisan and leatherworker Keith Seidel from Cody
Dancer, choreographer, and educator Marsha Knight from Laramie.