S.C. ARTS COMMISSION ANNOUNCES 2017 ELIZABETH O’NEILL VERNER AWARDS RECIPIENTS

S.C. ARTS COMMISSION ANNOUNCES 2017 ELIZABETH O’NEILL VERNER AWARDS RECIPIENTS

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina Arts Commission announces the 2017 Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Awards for the Arts, the highest honor the state presents in the arts. Established in 1972, the annual awards recognize outstanding achievement and contributions to the arts in South Carolina.   This year’s recipients:   Lifetime Achievement: Laura Spong, Columbia Leo Twiggs, Orangeburg Artist: Quentin Baxter, Charleston Individual: Betsy Teter, Spartanburg Arts in Education: Brenda P. McCutchen, Columbia Business/Foundation: The Stringer & Rainey Foundations, Anderson Government: The City of Beaufort/USC Beaufort Center for the Arts, South Carolina Organization: South Carolina Humanities, Columbia   “Each of these Verner Award recipients has contributed greatly to the arts community as an outstanding ambassador for our state,” said S.C. Arts Commission Chairman Henry Horowitz. “Their dedication to the arts benefits South   Carolinians and materially enhances our state’s economic vitality. As the Arts Commission marks its 50th anniversary, we are honored to recognize these organizations and individuals who embody the service, commitment and passion that helped build our state’s half century of leadership in the arts.”   Awards will be presented May 2 in Columbia (location and time to be announced), and the S.C. Arts Foundation will honor the recipients at a luncheon at noon. A fundraiser supporting the programs of the S.C. Arts Commission, the luncheon includes an art sale and takes place at the USC Alumni Center, 900 Senate St., Columbia. Luncheon tickets are $50 per person and may be purchased online at www.SouthCarolinaArts.com.   The 2017 Verner Awards are sponsored by Colonial Life. For more about the Verner Awards or the S.C. Arts Awards Luncheon,...