Arts awards

On Wednesday, July 30, the Asheville Area Arts Council announced its 2008 awards. The recipients are as follows:

Artist of the Year for achievement in the field of visual, literary and performing arts: Jonas Gerard (pictured).

Business in the Arts honors an individual or organization for a particular advocacy effort or for a sustained advocacy campaign: Charlotte Street Computers.

Volunteer of the Year for an individual or organization whose efforts helped the community appreciate the arts: The Purple Ball Committee

Teacher of the Year recognizes educators in Asheville and Buncombe County in visual, literary and performing arts: Cedric Nash.

The Artist Roundtable Scholarships for graduating seniors of public or private schools in Buncombe County:  Benjamin Owensby, Manon Manavit, Tiadra Simpson, Calvin Beveridge.

—Alli Marshall, A&E reporter

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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