Bedford, Indiana limestone sculptor William Galloway has been commissioned to create the 2013 Governor's Arts Awards.
Galloway began working with Indiana Limestone in the 1980s, apprenticing under the renowned carvers Henry Morris and Clarence Hayes at the Bybee Stone Company in Ellettsville, Indiana.
Galloway achieved the position of Master Carver at Bybee and led projects including the carving of window tracery for the National Cathedral and statuary for the Iowa State Capitol.
Now working independently, Galloway maintains a reputation as one of the best sculptors in the Indiana stone belt. He founded Angelo Stone Company in 1994, and began receiving commissions from architects, individuals and stone carving companies.
"Stone carving is the dark horse of Traditional Indiana Art," Galloway said. I am honored to have my proposal selected to represent this important award."
The Columbus Area Arts Council last month was presented the Efroymson Award for Excellence in Cultural Tourism Development at the Midwest Cultural Tourism Conference in Bloomington.
The $25,000 award was in recognition of an ongoing effort by the city to promote its public arts program through an initiative that was launched in 2006 through the Columbus Sculpture Invitational.
The money awarded to the city will be used in instill new life into the project. The new program, called the Columbus Indiana Sculpture Biennial, will bring eight to 10 public sculptures that will be displayed on a rotating basis throughout the downtown beginning in 2014.
The Columbus Area Arts Council is the Indiana Arts Commission's Regional Arts Partner for Region 9.
The upcoming two-day, tri-state colloquium, Creating Vibrant Communities Through the Arts has been sold out.
The Indiana Arts Commission, in partnership with Ball State University's Building Better Communities program, and with support from the Ohio Arts Council and the Kentucky Arts Council is scheduled for June 6-7 at Hanover College.
The colloquium will feature nationally and regionally recognized presenters exploring best practices and practical planning tools for cultural districts, community engagement, arts business incubators, urban and rural revitalization, and community planning.
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