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Horseshoe Lake by Barry Underwood

Governor’s Awards Artist Addresses Environmental Themes in Nature-Inspired Photos

It’s tempting to say that the magic behind Barry Underwood’s colorfully illuminated images is more than just a trick of the light, but the Cleveland-based artist would be the first to tell you that light is exactly what makes his photography possible.
Announcing the 2020 Governor's Awards for the Arts in Ohio winners

2020 Governor’s Awards for the Arts Winners Announced

Eight winners have been selected to receive awards at the 2020 Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio, the State of Ohio’s most prestigious annual arts event.
Phyllis Gorfain, Arts Administration Award Winner

Governor's Awards 2019: Phyllis Gorfain, Arts Administration Award Winner

Phyllis Gorfain, professor of English emerita at Oberlin College, originated Oberlin Drama at Grafton as a Shakespeare-centered performance program at Grafton Correctional Institution in 2012.Through Phyllis' initiatives, ODAG provides a transformative space for its actors, Oberlin students, guest directors, lecturers, visiting performers, volunteers, and audiences.
Sallie and Randolph Wadsworth, Arts Patron Award Winners

Governor's Awards 2019: Sallie and Randolph Wadsworth, Arts Patron Award Winners

Cincinnati and its surrounding communities have been fortunate to claim two of Ohio’s greatest philanthropists – Randolph “Duck” Wadsworth and his late wife Sallie. Through their legacy of philanthropic support in the visual arts, music, and theatre communities, their generosity has raised the arts to new heights in Southwest Ohio.
Owens Corning, Business Support of the Arts Award Winner

Governor's Awards 2019: Owens Corning, Business Support of the Arts Award Winner

Owens Corning is a global market leader in the development, manufacture, and marketing of insulation, roofing, and fiberglass composite products and solutions. The Toledo-based company has prioritized providing access to the arts in Northwest Ohio through financial support, volunteerism, and board involvement.
RJ Thompson, Community Development & Participation Award Winner

Governor's Awards 2019: RJ Thompson, Community Development & Participation Award Winner

RJ Thompson is a tenured assistant professor of graphic and interactive design in the Department of Art at Youngstown State University. Parallel to his teaching, he is the principal and creative strategist for +Public, a design research-based social enterprise that focuses on cultivating community and economic development impact through the creation of branded communication platforms, creative place-making, and storytelling initiatives for communities-in-revival.

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