Halsey Institute and Mark Sloan earn S.C. top art honors

The Elizabeth O'Neill Verner award.

The College of Charleston's Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art and its director, Mark Sloan, are recipients of the 2012 Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Governor's Awards for the Arts, the highest honor the state presents in the arts.

"It's one of the highlights of our year at the South Carolina Arts Commission when we recognize these outstanding members of our statewide community for their contributions to the arts," said S.C. Arts Commission Board Chairman Dr. Sarah Lynn Hayes. "Our arts community is broad, deep and diverse, and this year's lineup of honorees is a wonderful illustration of that. We salute and thank them for being standard-bearers for the arts."

You can learn more background on the award news in a College of Charleston press release; and for Halsey news from the past you can check out our topic page.

Other 2012 recipients of the Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Governor's Awards for the Arts are:

- Lifetime Achievement: Dr. Lillian Quackenbush, Columbia
- Individual Artist: Robert Ariail, Camden
- Individual: Sam Wang, Clemson
- Arts in Education: R. Scot Hockman, Columbia
- Business/Foundation: The Self Foundation, Greenwood

The awards will be presented at a Statehouse ceremony tentatively scheduled for Thursday, May 3. The S.C. Arts Foundation will honor the recipients and the arts community at the South Carolina Arts Gala on Wednesday, May 2. The gala is a fundraiser supporting the programs of the S.C. Arts Commission. For more about the Verner Awards or the S.C. Arts Gala, call (803) 734-8696 or visit www.SouthCarolinaArts.com