Warhol Museum, artist Robert Qualters, among 2014 Governor's Awardees

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This year’s Governor’s Awards for the Arts recipients include two from Pittsburgh, The Andy Warhol Museum and artist Robert Qualters. Other honorees are Jennifer Higdon, Myron Hay Tomb and Mark F. Pasquerilla.

The annual awards recognize individuals or organizations who have made significant contributions to the advancement of the arts. The awards were announced by Pennsylvania first lady Susan Corbett on Thursday at the Jimmy Stewart Museum in Indiana. The late actor was the first recipient of a Pennsylvania Governor’s award in 1980.

Gov. Tom Corbett will present the awards at a free public ceremony at 4 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Performing Arts Center. Indiana will be named the cultural capitol of the commonwealth for that day, and arts events will be held throughout the town and region.

Mr. Qualters was named Artist of the Year. A retrospective exhibition of his artwork at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, a documentary film about his studio process and a biographical book were produced earlier in the year in conjunction with his 80th birthday.

The Warhol received the Arts Innovation Award in its 20th anniversary year for its thoughtful use of technology both within the museum and to expand its audience globally.

Ms. Higdon, a Philadelphia composer who was awarded the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in Music for her Violin Concerto, received the Distinguished Arts Award. 

Mr. Tomb of Indiana, Pa., received the Leadership & Service Award for being a passionate advocate for the benefits of arts in education who helped to build a robust regional partnership to deliver quality arts opportunities across the state.

Mr. Pasquerilla, a Johnstown philanthropist, received the Patron Award for supporting numerous organizations including the Johnstown Area Heritage Association, Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, Pittsburgh Opera, Johnstown Symphony Orchestra and the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.


Post-Gazette art critic Mary Thomas: mthomas@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1925. First Published July 24, 2014 8:00 PM

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