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2015 Governor's Arts Awards
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On October 21, 2015, the Governor's 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 seventeen nominations for the 2015 Governor's Arts Awards. Recipients in six categories were designated to receive 2015 Governor's Arts Awards. The awards are typically presented every two years to recognize outstanding, sustained accomplishments in arts education, arts patronage, arts support by a town or city, cultural access leadership, distinguished 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 2015 Governor's Arts Awards were generously donated by private contributors.

The 2015 Governor's Arts Awards recipients are:

Jere Osgood with Gov. Hassan

Lotte Jacobi Living Treasure
Award Recipient: Jere Osgood, Wilton


Ann Winterling with Gov. Hassan

New Hampshire Folk Heritage
Award Recipient: Ann Winterling, Concord



Arts Education
Award Recipients:

Calvin Herst, Concord

Anna Nuttall, Portsmouth



Distinguished Arts Leadership
Award Recipient: Melissa Richmond, West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts


Meri Goyette with Gov. Hassan

Individual Arts Patron
Award Recipient: Meri Goyette, Nashua

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
High resolution images available upon request.




Last updated: November 30, 2017

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