2019 Fresh Voice: Scott Gwara

Scott Gwara spends his days surrounded by the past…literally.  For more than two decades, this University of South Carolina professor has been assembling, studying and publicizing a collection of rare handwritten books. These “manuscripts” from medieval and Renaissance Europe pre-date 1600 AD, most are written in Latin and range in subject matter from Holy Writ … Read more

2019 Fresh Voice: Marlanda Dekine

Marlanda Dekine is Sapient Soul, a poet and social worker residing in South Carolina. She is the author and recording artist of i am from a punch & a kiss, a multimedia project exploring black queer identity, the legacy of white supremacy, and spirituality in the South. Her poetry and thoughts have been shared with … Read more

2019 Fresh Voice: Marcus Amaker

Marcus Amaker is a karaoke singer, a Kate Bush fan and a donut eater. He is also an award-winning graphic designer for a national music magazine (No Depression), and works with nonprofits to create websites, posters and videos. In 2010, he founded a weekly arts publication, Charleston Scene, for the Post and Courier daily newspaper. … Read more

2019 Governor’s Award Winner: Steven Naifeh

Steven Naifeh is an award-winning author, an internationally-exhibited visual artist, a businessman and a historic preservationist. Naifeh, along with his partner and co-author Gregory White Smith, has written 18 books.  These include Jackson Pollock: An American Saga, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1991, and Van Gogh: The Life, which Leo Jansen of the Van … Read more

2019 Governor’s Award Winner: Ron Daise

Ron Daise, a native of St. Helena Island, SC, is an author, performing artist, and educator who has shared stories, music, and lectures about history, culture, and faith across the country. Since 2004, he has served as Vice President for Creative Education at Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet, SC, and has created and implemented programs, … Read more

2019 Governor’s Award Winner: Greenville Chautauqua

Caroline McIntyre Administrator and Historical Interpreter George Frein Founder and Historical Interpreter Sally Potosky Chair of the Board of Directors Greenville Chautauqua (pronounced “Shuh-TALK-wa”), celebrating its 20th season, has grown from a one-week program to year-long programmatic activities in Greenville, Asheville, Spartanburg and Brevard.  Their scholarship based, oral history performances bring people and events to … Read more

2018 Governor’s Awards in the Humanities Announced

SC Humanities has announced that four outstanding individuals will receive the prestigious 2018 Governor’s Awards in the Humanities.  The honorees are Anne Cleveland, Director of the Charleston Library Society; Bobby Donaldson, historian and educator; Sara June Goldstein, literary arts advocate; and Cecil Williams, celebrated South Carolina photographer. Additionally, in 2018, SC Humanities established the new … Read more

Fresh Voices in the Humanities Award

With its annual Governor’s Awards In the Humanities, the Board of South Carolina Humanities has long recognized established leaders who have made enormous contributions to the state and nation in educational, cultural, and community-building roles.  In 2018, SC Humanities has established a new award to be presented at the Governor’s Awards in the Humanities luncheon … Read more