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CHEYENNE, Wyoming — Governor Matt Mead recently announced the recipients of the Wyoming Arts Council’s 2018 Governor’s Arts Awards. Recipients will be honored at a dinner and awards ceremony on Feb. 8 in Cheyenne.

This year’s recipients are:

  • Karyne Dunbar, of Shell, visual artist and educator
  • Keith Seidel, of Cody, artisan and leatherworker
  • Elaine Henry, of Big Horn, ceramics artists, educator and editor
  • Marsha Knight, of Laramie, dancer, choreographer and educator

Established in 1982, the Governor’s Arts Awards winners are 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.

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According to a news release from the council, many nominations are submitted for the awards each year, and the selection process is competitive. Nominations are submitted to the Wyoming Arts Council in October and reviewed in November by the Wyoming Arts Council Board. The Board then sends recommendations to the Governor for the final decision.

Nominations are open to any Wyoming citizen, business or community member. Award criteria includes: length of commitment to the arts, outstanding contribution or impact, breadth of support, involvement in special initiatives supporting the arts and artistic excellence/level of standards.

For more information, go to wyoarts.state.wy.us/wac-program/gaa.

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