The Governor's Arts Awards were established in 1977 to recognize individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the cultural life of Oregon. From presentations in the Capitol Rotunda in Salem to multimedia productions celebrating award recipients in Portland, Eugene and Newport, the Governor's Arts Awards are a celebration of the arts across the state.

Nominations for the 2020 Governor's Arts Awards are now open: Call for Nominations

Download a list of all Oregon Governor's Arts Awards recipients

2017 / Kate Brown
Arvie Smith (
Portland, OR
Lifetime Achievement; painter
Esther Stutzman (
Yoncalla, OR
Lifetime Achievement; traditional storyteller
Portland Opera (
Portland, OR
Organization that shares the beauty and breadth of opera across Oregon
Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts (
Pendleton, OR
Arts center and print studio on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation
The James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation (
Salem, OR
Private foundation supporting arts and education

Oregon Arts Commission

(503) 986-0082 (phone)
(503) 581-5115 (fax)
775 Summer Street NE, Ste 200
Salem, OR 97301-1280