2017 Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities

Posted On October 27, 2017
Categories News & Events

Dr. Pearl McHaney, Kenneth M. England Professor of Southern Literature, received one of twelve 2017 Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities. The Georgia Council for the Arts, led by Executive Director Karen Paty, and Georgia Humanities, under the leadership of Jamil Zainaldin, review nominations from across the state to identify “outstanding individuals and organizations that behave made significant contributions to Georgia’s civic and cultural vitality through excellence and service in the arts and humanities.” Dr. McHaney’s nominators cite her work with public programming such as those provided by the Center for Collaborative and International Arts (CENCIA), the Southern Writers Onstage series, Revival: Lost Southern Voices Festival, lectures for the Georgia Center for the Book including the Connecting Lines: Building Empathy through Literature series; her scholarship in southern literature; her teaching at Georgia State including international exchange programs; her participation on the boards of GSU’s Rialto Center for the Arts, the Decatur Book Festival, and Theatrical Outfit at the Balzer Theater at Herren’s; as well as her contributions during her tenure as Associate Dean for Fine Arts with the Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design and the School of Music.


Dr. McHaney says, “I feel especially fortunate to have been able to contribute to both the arts and the humanities with public and academic scholarship and programs, and it is special pleasure to be in a “class” of honorees that includes such brilliant friends as Valerie Boyd, Lois Reitzes, Kenny Leon, and Janisse Ray.” The other recipients this year are Karen Berman, Milledgeville, for theater and arts advocacy; William Eiland, Athens, Director of the Georgia Museum of Art;

Gilmer Arts and Heritage Association, Elijay; Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Art Program; Virginia Hepner, Atlanta, for her arts leadership; The Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts, Valdosta; and the National Infantry Museum Foundation, Columbus


Detailed information about the recipients is available at www.gaarts.org.