2017 Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities

Each year, any individuals, organizations or institutions that have made a significant contribution to the arts and humanities in Alaska are eligible to be nominated for an award, with the exception of current ASCA or Forum Council/Board members, staff or prior Award recipients.


The 2017 Governor’s Awards VIP Reception and Governor’s Awards Ceremony was held in Juneau on Thursday, January 26, 2017.


Congratulations to the recipients of the 2017 Governor’s Awards for Arts & Humanities!


  • Robert Banghart, Juneau
    Distinguished Service to the Humanities
  • Marilyn Davidson, Kodiak
    Arts Education
  • Charlotte Fox, Anchorage
    Lifetime Achievement in the Arts
  • Lani Hotch, Klukwan
    Arts Business Leadership
  • Kathleen Carlo Kendall, Fairbanks
    Alaska Native Arts
  • Heather Lende, Haines
    Distinguished Service to the Humanities
  • Lance Petersen, Homer
    Individual Artist
  • Robert Sparks, Kenai
    Alaska Studies Educator of the Year
  • Shirley Mae Springer Staten, Anchorage
    Distinguished Service to the Humanities
logos of Alaska Humanities Forum, Alaska State Council on the Arts, and the Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation

The Governor's Awards for the Arts and Humanities is an annual partnership between the Alaska Humanities Forum, the Alaska State Council on the Arts, the Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation, and the Office of the Governor to recognize and honor noteworthy contributions to the arts and humanities in Alaska.