The Alaska State Council on the Arts and the Alaska Humanities Forum honored nine Alaskans last week at the 2015 Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities ceremony at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center. In addition to the four Arts awardees and the four Humanities awardees, the Alaska State Council on the Arts announced Frank Soos of Fairbanks as the 2014-2016 Alaska State Writer Laureate, replacing Nora Marks Dauenhauer of Juneau.
The annual awards are co-presented by the Alaska State Council on the Arts and the Alaska Humanities Forum in coordination with the Office of the Governor.
The 2015 awardees are:
Governor’s Awards for the Arts
• Arts Education Award: Leslie Matz, Fine Arts Department Chair, Dimond High School, Anchorage
• Individual Artist: Margo Klass, Visual Artist, Fairbanks
• Arts Organization: Sitka Fine Arts Camp, Sitka
• Alaska Native Arts: Sealaska Heritage Institute, Juneau
Governor’s Awards for the Humanities
• Dr. Talis Colberg, Campus Director, University of Alaska Mat-Su College, Palmer
• Annette Evans Smith, President and CEO, Alaska Native Heritage Center, Anchorage
• Dr. Aldona Jonaitis, Director, University of Alaska Museum of the North, Fairbanks
• Allison Warden, Interdisciplinary Artist and Founder/Artistic Director at Uyalunaq, Anchorage
Alaska State Writer Laureate
• Frank Soos, Professor Emeritus, University of Alaska, Fairbanks
All photos by Sarah Cannard / Juneau Empire