Each year, the S.C. Arts Commission honors South Carolinians with the Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Governor's Award for the Arts, which recognizes outstanding achievement and contributions to the arts in South Carolina.
This year, one Charleston organization and one local individual took home Verner Awards: The Gibbes Museum of Art, for organization, and Simeon Warren for Arts in Education.
Warren is a cathedral-trained stone carver, sculptor, and conservator; he is also a founding faculty member at the American College of Building Arts. At the American College of the Building Arts, Warren developed college-level courses for professors, delivered the college's licenses to recruit and to teach, hired the college's faculty, and served as dean from 2006-2013.
And while most people are familiar with the Gibbes as a renowned local art institution, the Gibbes is also continuously developing new multi-dimensional education and outreach programs.
In addition to these Charleston recipients, Columbia's Tyrone Geter took home the state's highest honor in the artist category. While Geter isn't a Charlestonian, you can still check out his work downtown in the Neema Gallery.
In a press release S.C. Arts Commission Chairman Henry Horowitz said, "Each of the Verner Award recipients makes a tremendous contribution not just locally, but they are honored for broad impact on the state's arts community and beyond. These are outstanding ambassadors for our state."
This year's awards will be presented on Wed. May 1 in a morning ceremony at the USC Alumni Center in Columbia. Learn more about the awards and the ceremony online at southcarolinaarts.com.