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2013 Governors Arts Awards GAA logo

On November 6, 2013, the Governors Arts Awards recipients were announced by Governor Maggie Hassan during a ceremony and reception at the New Hampshire Institute of Art, hosted by the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts.

The Arts Council received 21 nominations for the 2013 Governors Arts Awards. Recipients in eight categories were designated to receive 2013 Governors Arts Awards. The awards are typically presented every two years. The 2013 Governors Arts Awards recognize outstanding accomplishments in arts education, arts patronage, cultural access leadership, distinguished arts leadership, youth arts leadership, and lifetime achievement as artists.

Each recipient received an award created by artist Andre Belanger of Berlin, NH. He was commissioned to create the award based on the eagle atop the State House dome.

Funds for the 2013 Governors Arts Awards were generously donated by private contributors.

The 2013 Governors Arts Awards recipients are:

Gov. Hassan & Marguerite Mathews

Lotte Jacobi Living Treasure
Award Recipient: Marguerite Mathews, Portsmouth


Barbara Fisher

New Hampshire Folk Heritage
Award Recipient: Barbara Fisher, Sunapee


Gov. Hassan & Brian Chagnon

Arts Education
Award Recipient: Brian Chagnon, Farmington


Gov. Hassan & Alice Kinsler for Concord Hospital

Cultural Access Leadership
Award Recipient: Concord Hospital

Gov. Hassan & Frumie Selchen

Distinguished Arts Leadership
Award Recipient: Frumie Selchen, Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire, Wonalancet


Gov. Hassan with Tom & Barbara Putnam

Individual Arts Patron
Award Recipients: Thomas and Barbara Putnam, Keene

Gov. Hassan & Pedro Pimentel

Youth Arts Leadership
Award Recipient:
Pedro Pimentel, Concord


statehouse domeAbout the Award Design Theme

The award interprets 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.



Photos by Gary Samson (except for Barbara Fisher- photo by Lynn Graton)
High resolution images available upon request.



Last updated: February 25, 2015

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