The City of Raleigh awarded its highest art honors to six local artists, the city's Arts Commission announced Thursday.
This year’s winners for the Medal of Arts are Ruth Green, community arts advocate and owner of the Little Art Gallery; William Ivey Long, an award-winning Broadway costume designer; Nancy Olson, literary arts promoter and owner of Quail Ridge Books and Music; Dwane Powell, nationally recognized editorial cartoonist; J. Mark Scearce, renowned classical composer; and Banks C. Talley, Jr., long-time Raleigh cultural arts leader.
The Medal of Arts ceremony is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6 in the Fletcher Opera Theater at the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts. Betty Ray McCain, former secretary of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, will serve as mistress of ceremonies. The ceremony will feature special guests and performances to be announced later. The event will be free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.
The Medal of Arts is awarded for lifetime extraordinary achievement in the practice of, or in support of, local arts. Originally based on the National Medal of Arts program, the Raleigh Medal of Arts was inaugurated in 1984 by the City of Raleigh Arts Commission so that excellence in the arts could be given special recognition. Over the years, 128 medals have been awarded. Past winners include poet Lenard Moore, choreographer Robert Weiss, the North Carolina Theatre, and Arts Together.
For more info on the winners, go here.
UPDATE: Report missed a prime opportunity to blow its own trumpet. We didn't realize one of the winners was legendary N&O cartoonist Dwane Powell. From the Raleigh website:
Dwane Powell’s career as an editorial cartoonist at The News and Observer of Raleigh spanned 35 years. He used his artistic ability, keen perspective and no-holds-barred sense of humor to become a trademark of political commentary that was recognized around the world through his syndication with the Los Angeles Times and appearances of his work in Time, Newsweek and U.S. News and World Report. His work has also been recognized artistically with appearances in area galleries and recently a major museum exhibition curated by the Nasher Museum at Duke University;