Mississippi awards include painter who fights stereotypes

October 23, 2017

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — An African-American painter whose work challenges racial stereotypes will be honored with a 2018 Governor’s Arts Award in Mississippi.

Joe Overstreet , a Mississippi-born painter who works in New York, will receive the Excellence in Visual Art award.

The Mississippi Arts Commission announced Monday that Overstreet is among five winners to be recognized Feb. 8.

The Governor’s Choice Award goes to Steve Azar , who writes and records a blend of country, rock and blues music. He’s performed at state bicentennial concerts.

The Leadership in Performing Arts award goes to David Keary , artistic and executive director of Ballet Mississippi.

The Community Arts Leader award goes to V. A. Patterson, former leader of VSA Mississippi, which promotes art for people with disabilities.

The Arts in Community award goes to Oxford-based Yoknapatawpha Arts Council .

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