The Governor's Awards for the Arts in Ohio is an annual awards ceremony presented by the Ohio Arts Council and the Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation. Awards in six categories were presented to honor individuals, organizations and businesses for outstanding artistic, educational and philanthropic achievements. Winners received an original work of art by Westerville, Ohio artist Steven Walker. William P. Blair was recognized as the inaugural winner of the William R. Joseph Ohio Arts Advocacy Medal.
Speakers: Julie S. Henahan, Executive Director, Ohio Arts Council William P. Blair, Legislative Counsel, Ohio Citizens for the Arts Jeffrey A. Rich, Chair, Ohio Arts Council Board Marc Folk, President, Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation Ohio First Lady Karen Kasich Bill Batchelder, Speaker of the House, 69th District, Medina Keith Faber, Senate President, 12th District, Celina
Award Recipients: Arts Administration: Sherri Geldin, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus Arts Education: Dancing Wheels Company and School, Cleveland Arts Patron: Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr. / U.S. Bank Foundation, Cincinnati Business Support of the Arts: Macy's, Inc., Statewide Community Development & Participation: Neal Gittleman, Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Individual Artist: Sheri Williams, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company