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Artwork copyright . George Tsutakawa. Exhibition image courtesy of the Washington State Arts Commission.

Governor's Arts and Heritage Award Past Honorees

We are pleased to present a selection of artworks in Washington's State Art Collection created by past honorees of the Governor's Arts and Heritage Awards.

The Governor's Arts Award was established in 1966 to recognize individuals and artists for their significant contributions to the creative vitality of Washington State. The Heritage Award was added in 1989 to honor outstanding individuals and organizations whose dedication to preserving and promoting traditions and cultural heritage are worthy of state recognition.

More than 200 individuals and organizations have received these prestigious awards over 50 years of the program.