Deal honors contributors to arts and humanities

October 6, 2015

Gov. Nathan Deal announced today the recipients of the fourth annual Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities. These awards recognize outstanding individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to Georgia’s civic and cultural vitality. The awards were presented in partnership with Georgia Council for the Arts and Georgia Humanities.

“The individuals that make up Georgia’s arts and humanities communities cultivate, grow and sustain our state’s vibrant cultural offerings, making Georgia a great place to live, visit and do business,” said Deal. “Sandra and I have always been supporters of the arts and humanities and we are proud to celebrate the individuals and institutions being honored today.”

Thirteen members of Georgia’s arts and humanities community were chosen from nominations from around the state. These recipients represent a diverse group of individuals and organizations that have laid the groundwork for Georgia’s growing creative industry through innovative programs, community collaboration and long-term financial commitment.

The recipients of the 2015 Governor’s Award for the Arts and Humanities are:

Dr. Elizabeth “Libby” Bailey, Macon
Susan V. Booth, Atlanta
Brenda Bynum, Atlanta
Jerry and Kathy Chappelle, Watkinsville
Dr. James C. Cobb, Athens
Dale Dyer, Blue Ridge
Joyce Perdue-Smith, Rome
Mausiki Scales, Atlanta
Robert Webb, Dalton
Foxfire, Mountain City
Pasaquan Preservation Society, Buena Vista
Slow Exposures, Zebulon
Telfair Museums, Savannah

Detailed information about the recipients is available at

About the award
The 2015 Governor’s Award for the Arts and Humanities was handcrafted by Matt Janke (M.F.A. in Glass from Kent State University). Janke’s work can be seen at locations such as Watershed on Peachtree, The Optimist, One Midtown Plaza, Bloc Lofts as well as his signature chandelier at Sweetwater Brewery. In 2000, Janke Studios made its permanent home at Studioplex on Auburn Avenue in the historic Old Fourth Ward. Recognizing that Atlanta would require a certain amount of glass community education to succeed, the Janke’s established a mission: “To expose and promote the art of glassblowing throughout the southeast.” 

About the award partners
The Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA) is a division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development that works to cultivate the growth of vibrant, thriving Georgia communities through the arts. GCA provides grant funding and statewide programs and services that support the vital arts industry, preserve the state’s cultural heritage, increase tourism and nurture strong communities. Funding for GCA is provided by appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts. Visit

Georgia Humanities promotes and preserves the stories and cultural legacies of the state’s people — from the past, present and future — to enrich their lives and strengthen their communities. An informed and educated Georgia understands historical and cultural trends, respects the life of the mind, utilizes critical thinking in decision-making, and promotes mutual respect and civility. Funding for Georgia Humanities is provided by the state of Georgia, the National Endowment for the Humanities, foundations, donors and our partners. Visit