How to Nominate

About the Governor's Arts Awards
Whether the late bluesman, Pinetop Perkins, the amazing actress Sela Ward, or the outstanding writer, John Grisham, Mississippians contribute to the arts like no one else. The Governor’s Arts Awards honors outstanding artists and organizations while celebrating Mississippi’s vast cultural heritage. Presented by the Mississippi Arts Commission, in collaboration with the Governor’s Office, the Governor’s Arts Awards recognizes significant contributions to the arts and cultural life of Mississippi.  

Nominee Requirements
Artists do not have to reside in the state currently, but they must have significant ties to the state through some years of residency. Awards are given once, so if your nominee is a previous recipient, they are ineligible. Also, no posthumous nominations will be accepted. If selected, the nominee must agree to receive the award, preferably in person, at the ceremony to be held in February 2023 in Jackson. Click here to see a list of previous award recipients.

Selection Process
A panel of distinguished judges will select the recipients. The 2023 recipients will be notified by fall 2022.

Application Process 
For a nomination to be considered in the review process, nominators must submit contact information about their nominee, a narrative of the nominee's achievements as well as attach supporting materials or links to supplement the nomination. 

Using the form on the next screen, please nominate someone you believe is worthy of such an honor. We encourage you to gather your materials and write your narrative before filling out the form. Thank you for taking the time to nominate an artist or organization of note.

Nominations due: August 5, 2022 by midnight