The Governor’s Arts Awards celebrate excellence in the arts in West Virginia by honoring individuals and organizations whose creative achievements and significant contributions to the arts enhance life in West Virginia. The awards will be presented during a ceremony in the theater at the Culture Center at 6:00pm on Tuesday evening, March 1, 2022.

Nominations must be received at the Culture Center by Friday, February 18, 2022. Nominees must be residents living in West Virginia or organizations (corporations, nonprofit organizations) based in or doing a majority of business in West Virginia. Other eligibility requirements are specified in the nomination packet. The written nomination must specify the significance of the nominee’s contributions to the arts as defined by the award category for which the nominee is entered. 

Award winners will be chosen by a selection committee that may include West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History staff, members of the West Virginia Commission on the Arts, and arts representatives from around the state. The selection committee may choose to give more than one award or no award in any category. The committee will recommend three top-scoring nominees for the Governor’s Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement to the Governor who will select the awardee.
Award winners and those who nominated them will be notified by February 25, 2022 of the selections.

The nomination packet, which contains full criteria and guidelines, can be downloaded by clicking here: 2022 Governor’s Arts Awards Nomination Packet