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August 5, 2013 / ivytechartspartner

John Hiatt among recipients selected for 2013 Indiana Governor’s Arts Awards

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) announced today that John Hiatt of Nashville, Tenn. is among the six recipients of the 2013 Governor’s Arts Awards.

“I am honored to recognize this year’s Governor’s Arts Awards recipients for their contributions to the state and the arts,” Pence said. “These talented and passionate Hoosiers further strengthen the culture of Indiana through their individual work, commitment to community development, and enthusiasm and support for the arts in their many forms.”

John Hiatt, born in Indianapolis, is a folk, rock, blues and country guitarist, pianist, singer and songwriter. His career began in 1972, playing with bands in small clubs in Indianapolis. Hiatt released his debut album in 1974 and has since written more than 600 songs and recorded more than 20 studio albums as well as two live concert albums. Before his own recording career, he was a prolific songwriter for a recording company in Nashville.

Hiatt has been nominated for 11 Grammys, received the 2000 Nashville Music Award for Songwriter/Artist of the Year, and received the 2008 Americana Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting.

After coming out of a troubled childhood and tragedies in his adult life, Hiatt is an inspiration to many as a musician and songwriter as well as a person who found success after hardships.

“It is a great honor to be among this year’s recipients for the Governor’s Arts Awards,” Hiatt said. “I am proud to have started my musical career in Indiana and am thankful that the Indiana Arts Commission recognizes the importance of endorsing the arts.”

The other 2013 recipients of the Indiana Governor’s Arts Awards are:

Christel DeHaan, philanthropist, Indianapolis, IN

Cynthia Hartshorn, music educator, vocalist, Indianapolis, IN

Mark Kruzan, mayor, Bloomington, IN

Sydney Pollack, producer, director, actor, Los Angeles, CA (posthumous)

Traditional Arts Indiana, arts organization, Bloomington, IN

Governor Pence, First Lady Karen Pence, honorary chair of the Governor’s Arts Awards, and the IAC will honor the recipients during an awards dinner and ceremony on Sept. 26 in Carmel, Ind. For more information on the awards, please visit:

The 2013 Governor’s Arts Awards program will mark the 40th anniversary of the event and the fourth time the governor and IAC host the event outside the city of Indianapolis.

Award ceremony tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students, and full evening packages start at $90 per person. For more information and to reserve your tickets, visit:

Originally conceived in 1973, the biennial awards program honors individuals, organizations, partnerships, businesses and communities that have made significant contributions to the arts in and beyond the confines of Indiana. The awards recognize excellence in artistic achievement, philanthropy, arts education and leadership in the arts, and at the same time build statewide awareness of the important role the arts play in Indiana.

The Indiana Arts Commission is dedicated to the vision of the arts everywhere, everyday, for everyone in Indiana.


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