School of the Arts Receives South Carolina’s Top Arts Award

School of the Arts Receives South Carolina’s Top Arts Award

The College of Charleston  was well represented at the 2015 Verner Awards.

The College of Charleston was well represented at the 2015 Verner Awards.

The College’s School of the Arts received the 2015 Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Award for the Arts on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at a ceremony in Columbia, S.C.

The Verner Award is South Carolina’s highest arts award and was accepted by Valerie Morris, dean of the School of the Arts.

“It is an honor that our school has been recognized for its dedicated artist-scholars, tremendous academic programming, and extensive community outreach – through its bustling schedule of cultural events and its community partnerships,” Morris said upon learning of the School of the Art’s selection by the S.C. Arts Commission. “As we celebrate the School’s 25th anniversary, this award is a testament to the positive growth and direction that we’ve strived to achieve.”

But the School of the Arts was not the only winner on Wednesday night associated with the College. Other College-related winners recognized for their contributions to the arts include:

  • Terry Peterson, an education policy expert with a doctorate in education statistics and a Senior Fellow for Pre-K to 16 Improvement and Partnerships in the College’s School of Education, Health and Human Performance.
  • Howe Hall Arts Infused Magnet School in Goose Creek, S.C., whose principal is College alumnus Chris Swetckie ’98. Swetckie also serves as an adjunct professor in the School of Education, Health and Human Performance.
  • Hilton Head artist Aldwyth, who exhibited at the Halsey Institute in 2009. (The Halsey Institute won the Verner Award in 2012.)

Congrats to the winners!

RELATED: Read what Terry Peterson has to say about his award and the state of arts education.