Two from Miami Valley win Governor’s Award for the Arts

Of the six winners selected to receive the prestigious 2015 Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio, two are from the Miami Valley.

The Individual Artist Award will go to James Pate and the Business Support of the Arts Award to Morris Furniture Company.

Pate is best known for his Techno‐Cubism style and his series, “Kin Killin’ Kin.” The large charcoal drawings depict the reality of violence among black youth and its resulting terrorism. The series has been exhibited across multiple states and is still traveling.

Larry and Marilyn Klaben of Morris Furniture are being honored as active advocates for the arts and arts education.

In the last 10 years, their company has invested over $1 million in area nonprofits, especially in the arts. Among the arts programs Morris supports are Wright State University, Dayton Art Institute, Culture Works, Muse Machine, Stivers School for the Arts, the Victoria Theatre Association and the Human Race Theatre Company.

Morris has been a leading sponsor for Wright State University’s (WSU) annual ARTSGALA since its inception. Also at WSU, the Klabens developed an idea to create a family-friendly arts program for children and were also the driving force for bringing TEDx to Dayton.

The awards will be presented at a luncheon ceremony honoring the winners and members of the Ohio Legislature at noon on Wednesday, May 13, at the Columbus Athenaeum in downtown Columbus. The luncheon is hosted by the Ohio Arts Council and the Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation.

Winners were selected by the Governor’s Awards Selection Committee from 68 nominations submitted by individuals and organizations throughout Ohio.

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