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First Lady Susan Corbett Announces Governor’s Awards for the Arts Recipients

First Lady Susan Corbett Announces Governor’s Awards for the Arts Recipients

Ceremony to Be Held at Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Performing Arts Center

Indiana – First Lady Susan Corbett today announced the recipients of the prestigious Governor’s Awards for the Arts at the Jimmy Stewart Museum in Indiana. The annual event honors outstanding Pennsylvania artists, arts organizations, cultural leaders, and patrons who have made significant contributions to the advancement of the arts.

“It is especially meaningful to announce the honorees of this year’s Governor’s Awards for the Arts in the hometown museum that celebrates the first recipient of a Pennsylvania Governor’s award, actor Jimmy Stewart,” Mrs. Corbett, the chair of the Council on the Arts said. “This year’s list includes people revered in classical music and the visual arts, those dedicated to advocating for arts in education, a noted patron of many outstanding arts institutions and a world renowned museum celebrating one of Pennsylvania’s most famous artists.”

Gov. Tom Corbett will present the awards on Sept. 28 at 4 p.m., at the Fisher Auditorium of the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Performing Arts Center. Indiana will be named the cultural capitol of the commonwealth for that day.

The 2014 honorees are:

  • Jennifer Higdon, Philadelphia – Distinguished Arts Award: One of America’s most acclaimed and most frequently performed living composers, received the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in Music for her Violin Concerto;
  • Robert Qualters, Pittsburgh – Artist of the Year: American painter, installation artist and printmaker. His work includes traditional painting, murals, and collaborations with other Pittsburgh-based artists;
  • The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh – Arts Innovation Award: Globally recognized as an innovative and forward thinking institution, the Warhol is the largest museum dedicated to a single artist in the nation. It celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.
  • Myron Hay Tomb, Esq., Indiana – Leadership & Service: A passionate advocate for the benefits of arts in education for all Pennsylvanians, his leadership on the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts helped to build a robust infrastructure of regional partners delivering quality arts in education opportunities across the commonwealth.
  • Mark E. Pasquerilla, Johnstown – Patron Award: A philanthropist who has supported numerous arts, historical and cultural organizations, including the Johnstown Area Heritage Association, the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center at the University of Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Opera, River City Brass Band, Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, and the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra.

The award ceremony is free and open to the public. It will be followed by a reception. Private contributions support the event and related expenses.

Gov. Corbett continues the unique Pennsylvania tradition of holding the awards ceremony in a different community each year. This enables the host region to showcase its unique cultural assets to an audience of cultural leaders from across Pennsylvania.

Indiana is known for its wonderful small-town feel. Local events will be held around the awards to celebrate this spirit. To see the events schedule and reserve your tickets: www.pagovernorsartsawards2014.org

For more information on the recipients or for the biographies, contact Heather Doughty at 717-787-1517.

The Governor’s Awards for the Arts are administered by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. The state agency works to foster the excellence, diversity and vitality of the arts in Pennsylvania, and to broaden the availability and appreciation of those arts throughout the state through more than one thousand grants a year, with support for every county in the state.

For more information, visit www.pacouncilonthearts.org or call 717-787-6883.

Media contact: Heather Doughty, 717-787-1517 or 717-614-0270 (mobile).

Editor’s Note: Below are the biographies of this year’s honorees.

2014 Governor’s Awards for the Arts Honoree 

Distinguished Arts Award

Jennifer Higdon, Philadelphia

Jennifer Higdon is one of America’s most acclaimed and most frequently performed living composers. The Washington Post described her as “a savvy, sensitive composer with a keen ear, an innate sense of form and a generous dash of pure esprit.” She received the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in Music for her Violin Concerto, with the committee citing Higdon’s work as a “deeply engaging piece that combines flowing lyricism with dazzling virtuosity.”

Her works have been commissioned and performed by orchestras throughout the world, and are enjoyed by audiences at several hundred performances a year and on over three dozen CDs. Her orchestral work blue cathedral is one of the most performed contemporary orchestral compositions with more than 400 performances worldwide since its premiere in 2000.

Her list of commissions is extensive and includes The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Chicago Symphony, The Atlanta Symphony, The Baltimore Symphony, The Cleveland Orchestra, The Pittsburgh Symphony, The Santa Fe Opera, as well as such groups as the Tokyo String Quartet, eighth blackbird, and the President’s Own Marine Band.

Higdon’s commitment to the highest level of artistic achievement and the quality of her work across a diversity of musical genres has earned her many national and international honors. These include a Pew Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and two awards from the American Academy of Arts & Letters. A gifted teacher, she has inspired a generation of young composers and musicians at The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where she holds the Milton L. Rock Chair in Composition Studies.

Artist of the Year

Robert Qualters, Pittsburgh

Robert Qualters is an American painter, installation artist and printmaker. His work encompasses traditional painting, as well as murals, and collaborations with other Pittsburgh-based artists across several disciplines. A recent celebration of his career and legacy started with a retrospective exhibition titled “Robert Qualters: A Life” at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. The exhibition was curated by Vicky A. Clark, who also authored the new book “Robert Qualters: Autobiographical Mythologies,” published by the University of Pittsburgh Press and launched in March of 2014.

A documentary film by Joe and Elizabeth Seamans, “Bob Qualters: The Artist in Action” debuted that same month at Pittsburgh Filmmakers. All in time for Qualters’ 80th birthday. In a Pittsburgh Magazine feature, Richard Armstrong, former director of Carnegie Museum of Art and current director of the Guggenheim Museum in New York said “As a conjurer of life in 20th-century industrial Pittsburgh, painter Robert Qualters has no peers. Possessed of a distinctive style and palette, Qualters’ work stands as rich testimony to his long life of observation matched by great powers of evocation.”

Qualters’ work is represented in the permanent collections of the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Oakland California Museum of Art, the Westmoreland Museum of American Art; as well as the main offices of PPG Industries, Alcoa, Hillman Company, the Pittsburgh Foundation, The Heinz Endowments; and many other corporations, schools, agencies and private collections. Qualters has completed more than two-dozen public murals and site-specific installations. He is associated with the Bay Area Figurative Movement of Representational Painting.

Innovation Award

The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh

The Andy Warhol Museum, one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a comprehensive redesign of its permanent collection galleries. Taking Warhol’s legacy of technological innovation as an inspiration, The Andy Warhol Museum has made the thoughtful use of technology a hallmark of the museum’s physical presence and also uses technology to expand its audience globally.

New cutting edge installations encourage an interactive experience for visitors.  Some of the museum’s most innovative experiences include The Exploding Plastic Inevitable, which is a small-scale recreation of Warhol’s traveling multimedia show from the 1960s that combined film, projections, performance and live music by the Velvet Underground.  The installation brings alive the art and culture of an experimental era in the United States.

The museum’s Screen Test Interactive similarly encourages visitors to insert themselves into the art making process.  In a gallery reminiscent of Warhol’s Silver Factory studio where Warhol created film portraits of his friends and celebrities, museum visitors are invited to create their own screen test utilizing a computer touch screen, a moveable backdrop, a specially modified vintage camera, and twin studio lights. Upon completion, the visitor’s screen test is transformed digitally from real time to slow motion and pushed to the Internet, where their work of art will be available on a custom webpage.

The screen test can then be shared on various social media channels.  Museum Director, Eric Shiner, describes the museum’s goal as “both engaging and educating guests so that everyone leaves with a true understanding of who Andy was and why he matters so much.”

The Warhol displays works of art, films and videos, and extensive archives that document all periods of Andy Warhol’s life. It shares this wealth with the international arts community through a highly trafficked website and regularly traveling museum collections around the globe. The museum has been an early adopter of social media channels of communication and new technology. Its’ Twitter feed now has more than half a million followers. It also has an array of mobile apps for iPhone, iPad and other platforms.

Arts Leadership & Service Award

Myron Hay Tomb, Esq., Indian 

Myron Tomb receives the 2014 Leadership & Service Award for his work promoting the benefits of arts in education for all Pennsylvanians. One of the longest serving members on the governing council of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA), the state arts agency, from 1992 to 2011, Tomb was founding chair of the Council’s subcommittee on arts in education (AIE). Throughout his tenure, he worked diligently to foster participation in the creative process in schools and community settings throughout Pennsylvania.

Tomb’s leadership helped build the PCA’s nationally-recognized infrastructure of exemplary local and regional cultural and educational organizations that serve as the PCA’s regional partners statewide. The goal of the PCA partnership is to improve student achievement and teacher effectiveness and satisfaction. As a result of this vision, AIE Partners now provide services across the state that include artist residencies, workshops, teacher training, professional development, consultant and referral services, and educational and promotional publications. AIE Partners have served on prestigious national panels, received local, state and national awards, and leveraged additional funding from leading private foundations.

In addition to Tomb’s advocacy for arts in education, he is a founding member of the Indiana law firm of Tomb, Mack, Kauffman & Fritz. He’s served on many local and regional boards, including The Foundation for IUP, the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Indiana Arts Council, and he received the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Distinguished Alumni Award in 2005. He is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania and University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Patron Award

Mark E. Pasquerilla, Johnstown

Mark E. Pasquerilla is CEO of Pasquerilla Enterprises, a private investment company and was formerly the CEO of Crown American Realty Trust, a NYSE REIT. He is being recognized for his support for numerous cultural organizations in Johnstown and the Western Pennsylvania region.

Continuing the significant philanthropic activities of his parents, the late Frank and Sylvia Pasquerilla, he has extended and deepened his family’s tradition of arts and cultural giving with his own leadership and service. He is an advocate for the importance of history, arts, culture, and heritage in driving economic development and is described as “a tireless fundraiser and advocate for the arts.”

Among the many organizations that have benefited from his generosity and leadership are: the Johnstown Area Heritage Association, the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, the Pittsburgh Opera, River City Brass Band, Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, the Johnstown Concert Ballet, and Johnstown Symphony Orchestra. A graduate of Notre Dame University, he completed a Master of Science degree in International Relations at the London School of Economics, and served as a Fulbright-Hayes Scholar.

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July 24, 2014   No Comments

Ghost Town Trail Celebrates 20 Years!

The Ghost Town Trail totals 36 miles in Indiana and Cambria Counties, Pennsylvania.  The trail was established in 1991 when the Kovalchick Salvage Company donated 16 miles of the former Ebensburg & Blacklick Railroad.  In 1993 the Cambria & Indiana Railroad donated an additional 4 miles from Rexis to White Mill Station know as the Rexis Branch.  In 2005 an additional 20 miles were added to the trail – 12 miles in Indiana County and 8 miles in Cambria County.  The U.S. Department of the Interior has designated the trail as a National Recreation Trail.  The trail is open year-round for hiking, bicycling, and cross-country skiing.

The Ghost Town Trail derives its name from numerous mining towns that once existed along the railroad corridor. Wehrum, the largest of the former towns, once had 230 houses, a hotel, company store, jail and bank.  Warren Delano, uncle of President Franklin Roosevelt, developed the town.  Other ghost towns include Bracken, Armerford, Lackawanna #3, Scott Glenn, Webster, Beula, and Claghorn.

The Ghost Town Trail runs from Black Lick to Ebensburg & Rexis Branch (Distance 36 miles)

Designated Access Areas:

*Saylor Park – Black Lick, PA

*Heshbon

*Dilltown

*Wehrum

*Rexis

*Twin Rocks

*Nanty Glo

*Ebensburg

 

 

July 21, 2014   No Comments

Discounted Idlewild Tickets on Sale Now for $22.00 Weekday – Visit us on July 25th for Indiana County Day at the Park! Stop By the ICTB Gazebo and Receive a Special Gift for the First 500 Visitors!

May 13, 2014   No Comments

Tourist Bureau Attends Travel Shows

The Indiana County Tourist Bureau has been promoting heavily this year attending various travel shows in Ohio and Pennsylvania.    Maria Jack, Group Tour/Conference Associate attended the Heartland Travel Showcase in Toledo, Ohio, North Coast Golf Shows in Pittsburgh and Cleveland, Pennsylvania Bus Association/Maryland Motorcoach Marketplace in Valley Forge, and Breakaway Show in New Castle.  Groups traveling by bus have seen continued growth, and the interest in visiting Indiana County has been part of that.  “It is refreshing and exciting to hear groups from all over the country inquire about the unique offerings our county has from the Jimmy Stewart Museum to Smicksburg, to Blairsville Underground Railroad Museum and all our outdoor venues from the Rails to Trails to Christmas Tree growing. I have met former residents, city dwellers looking for the small-town atmosphere, and golfers all hoping to share in the beauty and history of our area,” Jack remarks.  Tourism is the largest industry in the United States and the third largest industry to generate retail sales.  That all breaks down to dollars and jobs for our county and the Tourist Bureau works hard to secure our place in the market.  The shows brought together tour operators from Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, North Dakota, Tennessee, West Virginia, Ohio and Ontario, Canada.

March 31, 2014   No Comments

First Lady Susan Corbett Announces 2014 Governor’s Awards for the Arts to be Held in Indiana

Harrisburg– First Lady Susan Corbett today announced that the 2014 Governor’s

Awards for the Arts will be held Sept. 28 at Fisher Auditorium of the IUP Performing Arts Center at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. This will be the first time the state arts event has been held on a university campus.

“As the birthplace of Jimmy Stewart, the first recipient of Pennsylvania Governor’s Awards for the Arts, Indiana holds special meaning for this occasion,” said Mrs. Corbett, who chairs the Arts Council. “It’s a tradition that the host community is named the ‘Cultural Capital of the Commonwealth’ for the day and Indiana’s vibrant arts community, the ongoing commitment to the arts demonstrated by the University, and the fact that we’re in Jimmy Stewart’s hometown makes this designation particularly appropriate.”

The Governor’s Awards for the Arts originated in Harrisburg in 1980 and were held there until 1996. The ceremony was then taken on the road and is now held in a different city across the state each year.

The event has allowed multiple regions of the state to share in this celebration of the arts and to showcase their unique cultural assets.

The awards recognize artistic accomplishments in four categories:

  • Distinguished Arts Award
  • Patron Award
  • Artist of the Year Award
  • Innovation in the Arts/Outstanding Leadership & Service Award

Past recipients of the Distinguished Arts Award include Marian Anderson, Andrew

Wyeth, James Michener, Chaim Potok, Fred Rogers, M. Night Shyamalan, Marilyn Horne, Lang Lang, August Wilson, Rob Marshall, Jeff Koons, and Michael Keaton. There have been 178 honorees to date.

An open call for nominations goes out to more than 1,800 Pennsylvania arts professionals and is now open to the public online. Last year nearly 200 nominations were received.

The award recipients will be announced this summer and will be posted on the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts’ website, www.pacouncilonthearts.org.

Private contributions support the awards and related expenses.

 

The Governor’s Awards for the Arts are administered by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency under the Office of the Governor. The Council’s mission is to foster the excellence, diversity and vitality of the arts in Pennsylvania, and to broaden the availability and appreciation of those arts throughout the state.

 

Media contact:   Heather Doughty, PA Council on the Arts; 717-787-1517

 

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February 26, 2014   No Comments

ICTC agrees to host Challenger Center

Indiana County Technology Center and a community-based panel promoting science and space education have agreed to basing the Challenger Learning Center at the tech center campus north of Indiana. A reception in celebration of the Challenger Center was held Friday, January 10 at the ICTC, and what an amazing event it was!!

The students of ICTC did a wonderful job with the stage set, food and programs!  

It is overwhelming to think of the educational opportunities this center will offer our area students, let alone the impact this center will provide for Indiana County! The people of Indiana County owe a great deal of “thanks” to the many people who worked hard to make this all happen!

January 16, 2014   No Comments