GHIO-Next Two Winners

GAC Announces next two winners of this year’s GHIO Event

GREENVILLE, MS—The Greenville Arts Council announces the next two winners of the 2013 Greenville Honors Its Own event.  For 30 years, the Greenville Arts Council has honored artists with roots in Washington County who have made a significant contribution to the world of art and have been recognized outside the Delta for their work. These awards are an important part of the Greenville Arts Council’s mission to promote and support the arts in the area.  In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Greenville Arts Council, the GHIO committee will be announcing two winners each week from January 14, 2013 until February 4, 2013.

The next two awardees are the Bert Miller Volunteer Award, Lisa Percy and the Georgie Fisher Lifetime Achievement in the Arts, William Beckwith.

The Bert Miller Volunteer Award is given to a volunteer who has given time and energy to support the arts in Greenville for little or no compensation.  Although born and raised in Meridian, Lisa Percy adopted Greenville as her home in 1990 when she married Billy Percy and moved here.  Since then she has been involved with the arts in Greenville and in particular with the Greenville Arts Council and E. E. Bass.  She graduated from Vanderbilt University and the University of Mississippi Law School.  Percy views the arts as a way to bring people together.  She considers the many opportunities provided by the rich arts environment in Greenville as a path for people to create a new language to communicate in ways that speak to the hearts of others.  To that end she has exhibited her photographs several times in the GAC galleries. She served for many years on the boards and as Chair of both the GAC and the E.E. Bass Foundation.  She worked for and supported the merger of the two groups, thereby making the organizations more efficient and saving funds.  She helped to organize and host the world premier of the MPB produced documentary, “Return to the River” featuring Greenville native and historian Shelby Foote, and other notables.  She chaired and organized both Bass fundraising events featuring New York cabaret pianist Steve Ross and has been instrumental in raising funding and securing the matching funds for the renovation of Bass from both the Building Fund for the Arts and the Historic Preservation Funds from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.  She was instrumental in locating the funding for both the initial creation of the Roger Malkin Gallery and its recent expansion.  Currently she is involved in the newly created Community Foundation of Washington County, the King’s Daughters’ Foundation, the Mississippi Museum of Art, Delta Health Alliance, the Foundation for Public Broadcasting in Mississippi and the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation.

The Georgie Fisher Lifetime Achievement in the Arts is given when the committee feels that such recognition is warranted by the recipient’s lifelong contribution to the arts through their career.  William Beckwith has enjoyed a forty year career as a sculptor in Mississippi which began with an apprenticeship to sculptor Leon Koury in Greenville and includes a B.F.A and an M.F.A. in sculpture from the University of Mississippi. He owned and operated Mississippi’s first commercial bronze foundry for ten years.  He is known for producing allegorical figures in bronze, mixed media pieces, as well as portrait heads and historical monuments nationally, most recently Elvis Presley for Tupelo and Coach Margaret Wade for Delta State University.  Bill’s work has been included in national shows and collections, both public and private.  He currently teaches part time in the Ole Miss Art Department while maintaining a studio and gallery in Taylor, MS. Bill is the son of Christine and the late Bob Beckwith of Greenville. He is married to the former Jackie Shepherd of Greenville and has one son, Clay, who is a student at Delta State University.

Greenville Honors Its Own is scheduled on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 6:30 PM. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the Greenville Arts Council at 662.332.2246. Along with reservations there are multiple sponsorship levels available. Funds raised at Greenville Honors Its Own help ensure that their programs are free or affordable and always accessible to everyone in Washington County Area.

Additional 2013 GHIO winners that have already been announced are:

Arts in Education Award: O’Bannon Elementary School
Business Award: Chillie’s Package Store
Special Achievement Award: Leland Frog Fest
Artist Award: Shawn Wilson
Artist Award: Lisa Chow
Artist Award: Steve Azar