Receives Ragan Award
of Academic Affairs
and Dean of the College at St. Andrews,
William J. Loftus presents art instructor,
Jack Pinkerton (right) with the award
an art instructor at UNC Pembroke, received North
Carolina's prestigious Sam Ragan Fine Arts Award on October 9.
The 22nd annual
Sam Ragan Fine Arts Awards was created in 1981 to honor Ragan and his
contributions to the state of North Carolina. Once a year the award
is conferred on a maximum of three people for their contributions to
the arts in North Carolina.
Sam Ragan was both
a journalist and a poet, writing for many state newspapers and penning
several award winning books of poetry and works of fiction. He was also
North Carolina's first secretary of Cultural Resources and first chairman
of North Carolina's Art Council. He was appointed North Carolina's Poet
Laureate in 1982 by Governor Jim Hunt.
The award was presented
to Pinkerton during an awards dinner at St. Andrews College in Laurinburg,
N.C. Stephanie McDavid, chair of the Art Department at St. Andrews College,
nominated Pinkerton for the award and introduced the artist. Vice President
of Academic Affairs and Dean of the College at St. Andrews, William
J. Loftus presented the plaques to each recipient.
to receiving the letter notifying him of the award, Pinkerton said he
did not understand its significance until other people in his field
began congratulating him.
me a program from the previous year's awards and that's when I figured
out that this must be pretty good stuff," Pinkerton said.
He said he feels
honored to be in the company of past recipients all of whom made significant
contributions to the arts in North Carolina. Pinkerton said having his
work prized in such a way was exciting.
"This is nice.
This really nice," Pinkerton said.
others receiving the 2002 award were author and North Carolina Poet
Laureate Fred Chappell and musician James L. Morgan, Jr. Past winners
of the award are Roy Parker Jr., a Fayetteville newspaper editor and
historian, Shelby Stephenson, a poet and English professor at UNCP,
and David Brinkley, a retired television journalist.
Ragan was the editor
of the News and Observer in Raleigh and later owned The Pilot newspaper
of Southern Pines until his death. He was a longtime advocate for the
arts through his newspaper and his own artistic endeavors.
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