Here's the latest from the Kentucky Quilt Project on Shelly Zegart and the Governor's Award:
Why Quilts Matter documentary producer to be honored with the state’s most prestigious arts award in online presentation on January 26th.
We are so proud to announce that Shelly Zegart has been honored with Kentucky’s most prestigious arts award, the Governor's Award in the Arts, in recognition of her decades of work elevating the art of quilts internationally.
Shelly, along with the full slate of honorees, will be highlighted online in a prerecorded ceremony on January 26th at 11 AM that will be broadcast on the Kentucky to the World’s Facebook page, the Kentucky Arts Council’s Facebook page, the Governor's Awards in the Arts Facebook event page and the arts council's YouTube channel.
Shelly received the Folk Heritage Award, which is presented to individuals who have made an outstanding effort to perpetuate and promote Kentucky’s unique artistic traditions. She joins the ranks of such luminaries as Bluegrass Musician JD Crowe, African American Folk Artist Marvin Finn, International Ballet Dancer Wendy Whelan and many more.
A globally recognized expert on American quilts and a community leader in Louisville, Shelly is an avid collector, exhibition curator, author, lecturer and appraiser of fine quilts. Her curated quilt exhibits have been featured across the United States and abroad. Her lectures cover all aspects of quilts, from history to aesthetics. “This recognition is one to which ANY artist, arts advocate, or arts presenter of significance in Kentucky aspires to,” says Shelly. “My Governors Award in the Arts brings the extraordinary vision and aesthetic achievements of Kentucky quilt making to the attention of the public, and respects and celebrates the medium of quilting as a form of artistic expression.”