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gaaward2007 Governors Arts Awards
Recipients Announced

On October 25th, 2007 at a State House reception hosted by the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, the Governors Arts Awards recipients were announced by Governor John Lynch and First Lady Susan Lynch, Honorary Chair of the 2007 Governors Arts Awards.

The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts received 14 nominations for the 2007 Governors Arts Awards. Recipients in five categories were designated to receive 2007 Governors Arts Awards. The awards are presented every two years. The 2007 Governors Arts Awards recognize outstanding accomplishments in arts education, arts patronage, distinguished arts leadership, folk heritage, and individual artist’s lifetime of work.

Each recipient will receive a unique work of art created by a New Hampshire artist, commissioned to create their awards based on the eagle atop the State House dome.

The 2007 Governors Arts Awards recipients and award artists are:

Living TreasureLotte Jacobi Living Treasure
Award Recipient: Marilyn Ziffrin, Bradford
Artist Creating Award: Gerry Williams, Dunbarton



Folk HeritageNew Hampshire Folk Heritage
Award Recipient: Harvey Tolman, Nelson
Artist Creating Award: Randy Miller, East Alstead


Arts EducationArts Education
Award Recipient: Phoebe Ann Neiswenter, Pembroke
Artist Creating Award: Emile Birch, Canaan


Arts LeadershipDistinguished Arts Leadership
Award Recipient: Drika Overton, Kittery, Maine
Artist Creating Award: Kit Cornell, Exeter



Arts PatronIndividual Arts Patron
Award Recipient: The Bloomfield Family, Bow
Artist Creating Award: Suzanne Pretty, Farmington


Creative Enterprise AwardCreative Enterprise
Award Recipient:
Ken Burns of Florentine Films, Walpole
Artist Creating Award: Beth Krommes, Peterborough


state house domeAbout the Award Design Theme

The artists who have been commissioned to create the awards are all juried members of various State Arts Council programs. The awards interpret the eagle designed for the dome of the State House. The sculpture, installed in 1819, was the first commissioned public work of art in the state’s history. Since the 1950s, the wooden original has been safely preserved by the New Hampshire Historical Society at the Tuck Library in Concord and is on display in the building’s rotunda. Its gold-leafed replica currently stands atop the State House dome.






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