The third annual Governor's Awards in the Arts will be presented to eight recipients on Friday, May 3, at an awards dinner in the Union Pacific Depot.
Named by a search committee from a field of 100 nominees, the 1991 winners in seven categories are: artist, Bruce Caldwell; patron, M. Walker Wallace; arts education, Charles Lynn Frost; business, Ray, Quinney & Nebeker; special citations, Burch Mann and Val A. Browning; arts organization, Mormon Tabernacle Choir; and elected official, Sen. Orrin G. Hatch.- Premier danseur Bruce Caldwell began his public career as a child of 10 in "The Nutcracker," and seven years later signed his first contract as an apprentice with Ballet West. He has danced almost every leading role from classic to modern ballet with the company since then, making his career entirely in Utah rather than accepting opportunities elsewhere. Now a member of the Ballet West artistic staff, Caldwell also choreographs for the company.
- M. Walker Wallace is a Salt Lake native, prominent businessman and civic leader who heads a real estate-related investment group. He's served behind the scenes on numerous corporate and volunteer boards and committees. He is a life director of Utah Symphony after 30-years' service on its board. Among many entities that have benefited or now benefit from his management skills are the Utah Arts Endowment Corp., Westminster College Arts, Snowbird Institute, Salt Lake Art Center, Salt Lake Chamber Music Society, the Salt Lake Winter Olympics and the Utah Heritage Foundation. Wallace is an amateur painter, sculptor and violist.
- Charles Lynn Frost, theater arts director at Mountain View High School in Orem, was chosen Utah's Most Influential Educator for 1990 by KSL-TV and the Deseret News in their prestigious Sterling Scholar program.
During Frost's seven years at Mountain View, his students have garnered many honors in state and regional speech and drama competitions. "Lynn not only maintains a standard of excellence in the classroom but contributes to the community, regional, state and national status of the arts," said his principal, Virginia Johnson.
- For 50 years the law firm of Ray, Quinney & Nebeker has supported the arts in Utah, rendering legal services on a pro bono basis to various arts groups. And the Ray, Quinney & Nebeker Foundation, created in 1982, has made substantial financial contributions to Utah Symphony, Utah Opera, Ballet West, KUED, KUER, KBYU, the University of Utah Marriott Library, Utah Museum of Fine Arts and many other arts organizations large and small.
- Burch Mann founded the American Folk Ballet in California, brought it to Utah for the Festival of the American West in Logan in the mid-'70s, and in 1982 established company headquarters in Cedar City, where she now resides. Her company draws upon America's historic roots to present a unique kind of dance. In summer 1990 the group was greeted at Leningrad's White Nights Festival with outstanding acceptance. Mann is artist-in-residence at Southern Utah University, where President Gerald R. Sherratt regards her as a Utah treasure.
- In 1978 Val A. Browning financially enriched the arts in Utah with a $1 million trust to promote fine arts activities at Weber State University. He also helped to fund the renovation of Ogden's historic Union Station, which now houses the John M. Browning Firearms Museum and the Browning Theater, and gave $500,000 last year to expand the library at Dixie College. Browning is renowned as an advocate for peace and for the advancement of cultural arts, health and education.
- The Mormon Tabernacle Choir dates to earliest Utah pioneer days, in 1847. Famous for its worldwide tours, weekly broadcasts of "Music and the Spoken Word," performances at presidential inaugurations, many recordings and video broadcasts, the choir is Utah's ambassador for the LDS Church and for the arts.
- Sen. Orrin Hatch, who has been an effective champion of the arts throughout his tenure, provided strong affirmative national leadership last year when the National Endowment for the Arts was beleaguered and in danger of not being reauthorized by Congress. His support had much to do with the NEA's new lease on life.