Lady Susan Corbett Announces Governor’s Awards for the Arts Recipients
Be Held at Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Performing Arts Center
Indiana – First Lady Susan Corbett today
announced the recipients of the prestigious Governor’s Awards for the Arts at
the Jimmy Stewart Museum in Indiana. The annual event honors outstanding
Pennsylvania artists, arts organizations, cultural leaders, and patrons who
have made significant contributions to the advancement of the arts.
especially meaningful to announce the honorees of this year’s Governor’s Awards
for the Arts in the hometown museum that celebrates the first recipient of a
Pennsylvania Governor’s award, actor Jimmy Stewart,” Mrs. Corbett, the chair of
the Council on the Arts said. “This year’s list includes people revered in
classical music and the visual arts, those dedicated to advocating for arts in
education, a noted patron of many outstanding arts institutions and a world
renowned museum celebrating one of Pennsylvania’s most famous artists.”
Corbett will present the awards on Sept. 28 at 4 p.m., at the Fisher Auditorium
of the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Performing Arts Center. Indiana will
be named the cultural capitol of the commonwealth for that day.
Higdon, Philadelphia –
Distinguished Arts Award: One of America’s most acclaimed and most
frequently performed living composers, received the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in
Music for her Violin Concerto;
Qualters, Pittsburgh – Artist of the Year:
American painter, installation artist and printmaker. His work includes
traditional painting, murals, and collaborations with other
- The Andy
Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh – Arts
Innovation Award: Globally recognized as an innovative and forward
thinking institution, the Warhol is the largest museum dedicated to a
single artist in the nation. It celebrates its 20th anniversary
Hay Tomb, Esq., Indiana – Leadership &
Service: A passionate advocate for the benefits of arts in education
for all Pennsylvanians, his leadership on the Pennsylvania Council on the
Arts helped to build a robust infrastructure of regional partners
delivering quality arts in education opportunities across the
- Mark E.
Pasquerilla, Johnstown – Patron Award: A
philanthropist who has supported numerous arts, historical and cultural
organizations, including the Johnstown Area Heritage Association, the
Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center at the University of Pittsburgh, the
Pittsburgh Opera, River City Brass Band, Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, and
the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra.
ceremony is free and open to the public. It will be followed by a reception.
Private contributions support the event and related expenses.
Corbett continues the unique Pennsylvania tradition of holding the awards
ceremony in a different community each year. This enables the host region to
showcase its unique cultural assets to an audience of cultural leaders from
known for its wonderful small-town feel. Local events will be held around the
awards to celebrate this spirit. To see the events schedule and reserve your tickets:
information on the recipients or for the biographies, contact Heather Doughty
Governor’s Awards for the Arts are administered by the Pennsylvania Council on
the Arts. The state agency works to foster the excellence, diversity and
vitality of the arts in Pennsylvania, and to broaden the availability and
appreciation of those arts throughout the state through more than one thousand
grants a year, with support for every county in the state.
information, visit www.pacouncilonthearts.org
or call 717-787-6883.
Doughty, 717-787-1517 or 717-614-0270 (mobile).
Note: Below are the
biographies of this year’s honorees.
2014 Governor’s Awards for the Arts Honorees
Distinguished Arts Award
Jennifer Higdon, Philadelphia
Jennifer Higdon is one of America’s most acclaimed and
most frequently performed living composers. The Washington Post described her
as “a savvy, sensitive composer with a keen ear, an innate sense of form and a
generous dash of pure esprit.” She received the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in Music
for her Violin Concerto, with the committee citing Higdon’s work as a
“deeply engaging piece that combines flowing lyricism with dazzling virtuosity.”
Her works have been commissioned and performed by
orchestras throughout the world, and are enjoyed by audiences at several
hundred performances a year and on over three dozen CDs. Her orchestral work blue
cathedral is one of the most performed contemporary orchestral compositions
with more than 400 performances worldwide since its premiere in 2000.
Her list of commissions is extensive and includes The
Philadelphia Orchestra, The Chicago Symphony, The Atlanta Symphony, The
Baltimore Symphony, The Cleveland Orchestra, The Pittsburgh Symphony, The Santa
Fe Opera, as well as such groups as the Tokyo String Quartet, eighth blackbird,
and the President’s Own Marine Band.
Higdon’s commitment to the highest level of artistic
achievement and the quality of her work across a diversity of musical genres
has earned her many national and international honors. These include a Pew
Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and two awards from the American Academy
of Arts & Letters. A gifted teacher, she has inspired a generation of young
composers and musicians at The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where
she holds the Milton L. Rock Chair in Composition Studies.
of the Year
Qualters is an American painter, installation artist and printmaker. His work
encompasses traditional painting, as well as murals, and collaborations with
other Pittsburgh-based artists across several disciplines. A recent celebration
of his career and legacy started with a retrospective exhibition titled “Robert
Qualters: A Life” at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. The exhibition was
curated by Vicky A. Clark, who also authored the new book “Robert Qualters:
Autobiographical Mythologies,” published by the University of Pittsburgh Press
and launched in March of 2014.
documentary film by Joe and Elizabeth Seamans, “Bob Qualters: The Artist in
Action” debuted that same month at Pittsburgh Filmmakers. All in time for
Qualters’ 80th birthday. In a Pittsburgh Magazine feature,
Richard Armstrong, former director of Carnegie Museum of Art and current
director of the Guggenheim Museum in New York said “As a conjurer of life in 20th-century
industrial Pittsburgh, painter Robert Qualters has no peers. Possessed of a
distinctive style and palette, Qualters’ work stands as rich testimony to his
long life of observation matched by great powers of evocation.”
work is represented in the permanent collections of the Carnegie Museum of Art,
the Oakland California Museum of Art, the Westmoreland Museum of American Art;
as well as the main offices of PPG Industries, Alcoa, Hillman Company, the
Pittsburgh Foundation, The Heinz Endowments; and many other corporations,
schools, agencies and private collections. Qualters has completed more than
two-dozen public murals and site-specific installations. He is associated with
the Bay Area Figurative Movement of Representational Painting.
Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh
Warhol Museum, one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, is celebrating
its 20th anniversary with a comprehensive redesign of its permanent collection
galleries. Taking Warhol’s legacy of technological innovation as an
inspiration, The Andy Warhol Museum has made the thoughtful use of technology a
hallmark of the museum’s physical presence and also uses technology to expand
its audience globally.
edge installations encourage an interactive experience for visitors. Some
of the museum’s most innovative experiences include The Exploding Plastic
Inevitable, which is a small-scale recreation of Warhol’s traveling
multimedia show from the 1960s that combined film, projections, performance and
live music by the Velvet Underground. The installation brings alive the
art and culture of an experimental era in the United States.
museum’s Screen Test Interactive similarly encourages visitors to insert
themselves into the art making process. In a gallery reminiscent of
Warhol’s Silver Factory studio where Warhol created film portraits of his
friends and celebrities, museum visitors are invited to create their own screen
test utilizing a computer touch screen, a moveable backdrop, a specially
modified vintage camera, and twin studio lights. Upon completion, the visitor’s
screen test is transformed digitally from real time to slow motion and pushed
to the Internet, where their work of art will be available on a custom webpage.
test can then be shared on various social media channels. Museum Director,
Eric Shiner, describes the museum’s goal as “both engaging and educating guests
so that everyone leaves with a true understanding of who Andy was and why he
matters so much.”
displays works of art, films and videos, and extensive archives that document
all periods of Andy Warhol’s life. It shares this wealth with the international
arts community through a highly trafficked website and regularly traveling
museum collections around the globe. The museum has been an early adopter of
social media channels of communication and new technology. Its’ Twitter feed
now has more than half a million followers. It also has an array of mobile apps
for iPhone, iPad and other platforms.
Leadership & Service Award
Hay Tomb, Esq., Indiana
receives the 2014 Leadership & Service Award for his work promoting the
benefits of arts in education for all Pennsylvanians. One of the longest
serving members on the governing council of the Pennsylvania Council on the
Arts (PCA), the state arts agency, from 1992 to 2011, Tomb was founding chair
of the Council’s subcommittee on arts in education (AIE). Throughout his
tenure, he worked diligently to foster participation in the creative process in
schools and community settings throughout Pennsylvania.
leadership helped build the PCA’s nationally-recognized infrastructure of
exemplary local and regional cultural and educational organizations that serve
as the PCA’s regional partners statewide. The goal of the PCA partnership is to
improve student achievement and teacher effectiveness and satisfaction. As a
result of this vision, AIE Partners now provide services across the state that
include artist residencies, workshops, teacher training, professional
development, consultant and referral services, and educational and promotional
publications. AIE Partners have served on prestigious national panels, received
local, state and national awards, and leveraged additional funding from leading
to Tomb’s advocacy for arts in education, he is a founding member of the
Indiana law firm of Tomb, Mack, Kauffman & Fritz. He’s served on many local
and regional boards, including The Foundation for IUP, the Southern Alleghenies
Museum of Art, Indiana Arts Council, and he received the Indiana University of
Pennsylvania Distinguished Alumni Award in 2005. He is a graduate of Indiana
University of Pennsylvania and University of Pittsburgh School of Law.
Pasquerilla is CEO of Pasquerilla Enterprises, a private investment company and
was formerly the CEO of Crown American Realty Trust, a NYSE REIT. He is being
recognized for his support for numerous cultural organizations in Johnstown and
the Western Pennsylvania region.
the significant philanthropic activities of his parents, the late Frank and
Sylvia Pasquerilla, he has extended and deepened his family’s tradition of arts
and cultural giving with his own leadership and service. He is an advocate for
the importance of history, arts, culture, and heritage in driving economic
development and is described as “a tireless fundraiser and advocate for the
many organizations that have benefited from his generosity and leadership are:
the Johnstown Area Heritage Association, the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center
at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, the Pittsburgh Opera, River City
Brass Band, Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, the Johnstown Concert Ballet, and
Johnstown Symphony Orchestra. A graduate of Notre Dame University, he completed
a Master of Science degree in International Relations at the London School of
Economics, and served as a Fulbright-Hayes Scholar.