In celebration of its 90th year as a state arts agency, the oldest in the nation, the Utah Arts Council in 1989 will inaugurate the annual Governor's Awards in the Arts.

The council is actively seeking nominations in the following eight categories:Artist: An individual artist in any discipline.

Patron: One who gives time, energy, expertise and/or funds to the arts.

Community: A community that has demonstrated commitment to the arts for its citizenry in a manner reflective of its environment.

Business: A business, large or small, that has shown outstanding commitment by its continued support of the arts through direct financial support, in-kind services or other means.

Arts Organization: One whose accomplishments demonstrate a commitment to artistic excellence.

Arts Education: An individual, organization, school district or community that has made an outstanding contribution to the enhancement of arts education.

Elected Official: One who has exhibited exemplary leadership on behalf of the arts.

Special Citation: For an individual or organization who might not fall within the above categories, but is deserving of special commendation for contributions to the cultural life of Utah.

"The criteria for all awards are the quality and excellence of the recipient's contributions on a statewide, regional or national basis," said Carol Nixon, Utah Arts Council director. The council reserves the right to select winners from any combination of categories.

Individuals recommended for all awards, except the Special Citation, must be current residents of Utah or work with organizations that operate in the state.

Nomination forms were included in a pull-out section of the council's quarterly newsletter, Repertoire, and mailed to all sections of the arts community. To obtain nomination forms and criteria, call 533-5895. Nominations must be postmarked by Jan. 6, 1989.

Winners will be honored by Gov. Norm Bangerter at a gala dinner at the Little America Hotel on March 11, 1989. They will receive commissioned works of art to commemorate their awards.