(Augusta, GA) – Governor Nathan Deal recently presented the first annual Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities at the State Capitol. A total of twelve individuals and organizations were recognized for significant contributions to Georgia’s cultural vitality. Georgia Council for the Arts, the Georgia Humanities Council and the Georgia Film Music & Digital Entertainment Office joined in presenting the awards.
Akbar Imhotep of Atlanta, Georgia and 1973 Paine College graduate was honored for his contributions which have positively impacted all of Georgia as a storyteller. Imhotep is currently the President of the National Association of Black Storytellers, Inc., and also served as the Executive Secretary for the Paine College National Alumni Association from 2004 to 2008.
“I have been telling stories professionally since 1985,” said Imhotep, “I have never done what I do for some recognition or awards. I have done it as a calling. What this (award) really means is I must become even better at what I do and spread the joy of storytelling even futher”.
The recipients were chosen from almost one hundred nominations from around the state. They represent a diverse and prestigious group of accomplished individuals and organizations and laid the groundwork for Georgia’s growing creative industry through innovative programs, community collaboration and long-term financial commitment.
About the Award
Each individual Governor’s Award was designed and created by Matt Moulthrop, grandson of Ed Moulthrop who is known as the “father of modern woodturning”. Hand-crafted from native Georgia hardwoods, such as ash leaf maple and salted pecan, the awards are visually stunning and instantly recognizable as a “Moulthrop”, as his pieces have come to be known by collectors.
Matt contributed the time and talent required to create twelve pieces of distinctive wood turned art that are as unique as the award recipients, one of whom is his father, Phillip. Woodturning has been a Moulthrop family legacy for three generations. Woodwork created by patriarch, Ed, is a part of the State Art Collection.
Exhibited in some of the country’s leading museums, Matt’s work is featured prominently in collections at the Carnegie Museum of Art (Pittsburg); The Carter Center (Atlanta); The Smithsonian (Washington, DC); as well as New York’s Museum of Modern Art and Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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