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Arthur Williams Award for Meritorious Service to the Arts

Arthur Williams (1926-2013)


Selected by the staff of the Vermont Arts Council, this award is given to a person or organization for meritorious service to the arts in Vermont, according to the following criteria:

  • has a local or statewide reputation in their chosen field as evidenced by third-party acclaim or reviews from independent sources

  • has significant standing in a Vermont community

  • is nominated by at least one non-Arts Council staff or board member


Joan Robinson,
artist, educator, creator of Words Come Alive
Judith Chalmer
, author, retired director VSA Arts, Burlington

Gregory Sharrow,
folklorist at Vermont Folklife Center, Middlebury

Stephen Rice, music educator, Brattleboro

Gary Eckhart, president of Valley Arts Foundation, Waitsfield | video

Jody Fried, executive director of Catamount Arts, St. Johnsbury

Bruce Bouchard, executive director of the Paramount Theater, Rutland
Carol Driscoll, executive director of the Carving Studio, Rutland

Connecticut River Artisan Group
Vermont Crafts Council

Steve Ames, executive director at River Arts, Morrisville

Submit a Nomination

  • complete this online form
  • send a letter of recommendation to 136 State Street, Montpelier, VT 05633, or
  • send an email to the Council with "Award Nomination" in the subject line. Include your name and contact information. Also list three to five achievements, based on awards criteria, that qualify this nominee for the award and provide one to three links to information about the nominee that support this nomination

Recommendations are welcome throughout the year. To be considered for the 2019 awards, candidate names must have been submitted by April 5, 2019.