Professor wins Governor's Award for the Arts

COLUMBUS, O.—Dr. Burton Beerman, an award-winning composer and professor in the BGSU College of Musical Arts, has been chosen to receive a 2008 Governor's Award for the Arts, the Ohio Arts Council has announced.

He and the other winners of this year's awards will be honored at a luncheon in Columbus on April 16, 2008, hosted by the council and Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation.

Beerman, who founded the University's New Music and Arts Festival and formerly directed the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music, is one of two individuals chosen for recognition in the individual artist category. Singer/songwriter Steve Free of McDermott also will be honored.

Other categories and winners include: Arts Administration, Marcie Goodman of the Cleveland International Film Festival; Arts in Education, Michael Huffman of the Lima City Schools; Arts Patron, Susan Reams of Perrysburg; Business Support of the Arts, Limited Brands of Columbus, and Community Development & Participation, Dr. Catherine Roma of Cincinnati.

For more information about the awards, visit http://www.oac.state.oh.us.

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(Posted December 12, 2007 )