2019 Governor's Arts Awards
Individual Arts Champion
Award Recipient: Dr. Robert O. Wilson, Concord
Bob Wilson arrived in Concord in 1964 to set up an oral surgery practice and raise a family. To say Bob has dedicated his life to civic duty would be an understatement. He was the Concord Zoning Board Chair for more than 30 years and served on local, state and national boards that include NH Public Radio, NH Historical Society, Canterbury Shaker Village and Capitol Center for the Arts (CCA). Dr. Wilson and his wife of 57 years, Jill, are ardent advocates for the arts in all their forms in New Hampshire and beyond. For more than six years, Bob led the discussion, strategy and fundraising efforts for CCA’s second, smaller, more flexible venue – the Bank of NH Stage. Bob started his long relationship with CCA when he joined the Board of Trustees in 2006, serving in various roles, and since 2015, as Chair of an ambitious multi-year campaign: Creating Our Future: Act III Scene I. Bob was at the forefront of years of strategic planning, visioning, research and due diligence that would span three “scenes” and address critical needs for upgrades in technology, ticketing and facilities and establish important reserve funds for the CCA. Thanks to Bob’s leadership, on June 24, 2019, CCA held the official ribbon cutting for the Bank of NH Stage.
October 29, 2019