Announcement of the Winners for the 2020 Arts Awards can be viewed on our face book page @florencescarts

Annually, The Florence Regional Arts Alliance presents a series of awards recognizing the important contributions that individuals, groups and businesses make to the cultural life of our community.  Nominations are solicited from the community and awarded by the Florence Regional Arts Alliances Board of Directors.   The awards themselves will be a piece of artwork created by local artist Kimberly Washburn.  Washburn is a fiber and textile artist.  She is the Curator of Education at the Florence County Museum and recipient of the 2017 Greg Fry Arts Educator Award. 

In addition, to recognizing the efforts and hard work of our business community, the FRAA and Honda of South Carolina celebrate the arts through presenting scholarships as well as Excellence in Art Awards to students dedicated to the arts.  

The Betty Ann Darby Scholarships are merit scholarships awarded predominantly on the basis of demonstrated talent, passion for the arts and intention to pursue a degree in an arts discipline or in arts education. The  Program is named in honor of one of South Carolina’s most distinguished music educators.  Betty Ann Darby 2021 Scholarship Applications will be accepted through midnight Tuesday, April 20, 2021. 

click here for 2021 Betty Ann Darby Scholarship Application 


2020 Betty Ann Darby Scholarship Recipients

Jaydon Wright


Kara Snowden


Kara Snowden






2020 Honda of South Carolina Excellence in Arts Awards

Graduating seniors from each of the seven public high schools in Florence County are eligible for the Excellence in Arts Education Awards.  Nominations are made by arts teachers and are based on academic achievement and performance, as well as involvement in school and community-base.   


Maleyah Burroughs, Timmonsville HS

James Jaydon Wright, West Florence HS

Tripp Diggs, Wilson HS


Joshua Barrett, West Florence HS

Kara Snowden, South Florence HS


Olivia Hauer, West Florence HS

D’Mawn Williams, South Florence HS


Hailey Rodgers, Hannah-Pamplico HS


Alex Stepp, West Florence HS

Bishop Ridenhour, South Florence HS

Visual Art | Media Art

Alexis Pierce, West Florence HS

Madelyn C. Parrot, Wilson HS

Madison Gregory, Hannah-Pamplico HS

Chloe Powell, Johnsonville HS

Meredith Baxley, South Florence HS

Aubrey Crawford, South Florence HS


2019 Arts Awards

The John W. Baker Award Recipient

Dr. Sherry Woods presented the John W. Baker Distinguished Service Award to Ms. Christine Fisher. “Ms. Fisher has been a performer, advocate, and promoter of the arts in Florence County. A former teacher in Florence 1 Schools she was elected FSD1 Teacher of the Year, SC State Teacher of the Year, and served as the director of the Arts and Basic Curriculum Project, which allowed her to promote arts programs statewide for the past 18 years.”


The Business & Partnership Award Recipient

TThomas Arts Studio presented the Business & Art Partnership Award. Tiffany Thomas presented the award to Jackie Wukela and Lynda English of Lynda English Gallery Studio. Ms. Wukela and Ms. English are anchors in our arts community.  Serving as an arts hub the studio reaches outside of its walls and into all facets of the arts in Florence County. Most recently, Ms. Wukela donated her time and talent to create beautiful custom art pieces for the program covers for the Florence Symphony Orchestra. The pieces she has created have varied between acrylic collages, oil and watercolor. She has kindly donated these custom pieces to the FSO where they will be auctioned.  Ms. English served as artist-in-residence with McLaurin Elementary and helped in the creation of their mural, The Storytelling Wall.

The Outstanding Arts Organization Recipient

 Ms. Uschi Jeffcoat presented the award to The Drama Lady Theatre Group.  “Within the past year, the Drama Lady Theatre Group, under the direction of Triza Cox, has produced the following plays, using independent fundraising, casting, and design, “What Gets Left” by local playwright Brooke Mogy Watkins (April 2018), “Miss Julie” by August Strindberg (August 2018), and “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf” (November 2018).” 

The Greg Fry Arts Educator Award Recipient

Ms. Murriel Calcutt presented the award to Ms. Chrissy Monaco.  “Ms. Monaco has rejuvenated the Drama program at Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate School, giving her students not only thorough dramatic training but also a platform on which to display their skills. Her productions there have ranged from the classic and heart wrenching (Bus Stop) to loud, fun musicals (Legally Blonde, Freaky Friday), to experimental (Camp Shakespeare monologue medley).”

The Frank H. Crow Award Recipient

Ms. Diana Murphy presented the Frank H. Crow Award Recipient. This award is presented annually to a Florence Regional Arts Alliance board member, staff member of volunteer who has had a tremendous impact on the organization’s growth and success. Ms. Murphy presented the award to Ms. Michele Pridgen.  Ms. Pridgen has served on Board of Directors of the Florence Regional Arts Alliance as a valued member, officer, and currently as immediate past president. She is instrumental as an arts advocate by solidifying partnerships between corporate industry leaders in Florence County and our Arts community.


2019 Betty Ann Darby Scholarship Recipients

Kathryn Brock


Olyvia Gregg


Gracyn Richardson





2018 Arts Awards

The John W. Baker Award Recipient

Dr. Sherry Woods

The Business & Partnership Award Recipient

Tthomas Arts Studio 

The Outstanding Arts Organization Recipient

Lake City Community Theatre

The Greg Fry Arts Educator Award Recipient

Laura McFadden

The Frank H. Crow Award Recipient

Diana Murphy 

2018 Betty Ann Darby Scholarship Recipients 

Meranda Vinson, Jordan Taylor, Cathryn Ackerman


2017 Arts Awards

2017 Arts Awards artist is Doug Gray

The John W. Baker Award Recipient

Laura Greenway

The Business & Partnership Award Recipient

Lake City Merchants Association

The Outstanding Arts Organization Recipient

South Carolina Dance Theatre

The Greg Fry Arts Educator Award Recipient

Kimberly Washburn

The Frank H. Crow Award Recipient

Keith Best 


2017 Betty Ann Darby Scholarship Recipients 

Annie Abernathy

Kira Elaine Dubose

Coleman Wright






2016 Arts Awards

The 2016 Arts Awards Artist is Jen Ervin.

The 2016 Arts Awards Artist is Jen Ervin.

The John W. Baker Award Recipient   

Kelly M. Jokish

The Business & Partnership Award Recipient
Florence County

The Outstanding Arts Organization Recipient
The Lake City Concert Series

The Greg Fry Arts Educator Award Recipient                     

Dr. Erick J. Figueras 

The Frank H. Crow Award Recipient   

Uschi Jeffcoat


2016 Betty Ann Darby Scholarship Recipients 

Kathleen Covington

Kathleen Covington


Molly Watkins

Molly Watkins


Gillian Skipper

Gillian Skipper

2015 Arts Awards

The 2015 Arts Awards are the creations  of local sculptor Jim Gleason.

The John W. Baker Award Recipient
Ann Rodgers Chandler

The Business & Partnership Award Recipient
Willcox, Buyck, & Williams P.A.

The Outstanding Arts Organization Recipient
The Community Museum Society, Inc.

The Greg Fry Arts Educator Award Recipient
Steven Gately

The Frank H. Crow Award Recipient
Brad Parham


2015 Betty Ann Darby Scholarships Recipients
Grayson Cribb 2015 Recipient Grayson Cribb Greer Spotts 2015 Recipient Greer Spotts Elliott Venable 2015 Recipient Elliott Venable
2014 Arts Awards

The 2014 arts awards are the whimsical and endearing creations of Hartsville’s Patz Fowle.


The John Baker Award Recipient

Julian Young

The Business & Partnership Award Recipient
The Clay Pot

The Outstanding Arts Organization Recipient
The Lake City Partnership Council

The Greg Fry Arts Educator Award Recipient
Wanda Hanna

The Frank Crow Award Recipient
Desiree Overby

2014 Betty Ann Darby Scholarship Recipients

2014-05-29_17-29-45-1 Haley Ard 2014 Recipient

Philliprast4 Philip Rast 2014 Recipient


2013 Arts Awards

John Baker Award Jane Madden

Business & Partnership Award Honda of South Carolina

Outstanding Arts Oraganization The Florence Little Theatre