The National Governors Association (NGA) will honor eight individuals, for contributions to public life during its upcoming 99th Annual Meeting in Traverse City, Michigan on July 21st.
Every year, the NGA presents three awards to state officials, three to private citizens and two for distinguished service to the arts.
This year, the Distinguished Service to the Arts’ Artistic Support Award will go to Don Lambert, a Kansas writer, curator and advocate of the arts.
“Don’s service to the arts in Kansas is legendary. He has helped many Kansans appreciate the beauty that surrounds us and has opened the eyes of the world to the work of talented artists from our state,” said Governor Kathleen Sebelius.
Lambert organized an exhibit in Manhattan of 127 Kansas Artists to benefit the Kansas Park Trust.
Lambert is also a publisher four books; written numerous articles for national magazines.
One of Lambert’s exhibits, “Homage to the Flint Hills” featured 37 paintings and photographs of the Flint Hills. This exhibit toured Kansas for two years and was featured in the nation’s Capitol.
Lambert is also responsible for arranging continuous exhibits of Kansas master artists in the governor’s office.