The 21st annual Margaret K. Williams Arts Awards, sponsored by the Pierce County Arts Commission and the Pierce County Arts & Cultural Services Division, have been announced. The awards are presented in three categories, and will be presented 6:30 p.m. November 6 at Tacoma Art Museum.
Winner of the Arts Education award is Amelia Haller, a poet, writer and teacher. Haller has published eight books, taught at many local institutions, and published in various anthologies.
Winner of the Excellence in the Arts award is local dancer and choreographer Carla Barragan. Currently directing BQDance in Tacoma, Barragan has presented work around the Northwest, taught at various classes and teacher education programs, and connected local dance with arts from her native Ecuador, where she also presents work.
The award for Career Arts goes to sculptor Mardie Rees. Rees creates figurative work in bronze, and has shown throughout the Northwest and California. Her current work, a life-size bronze “Saint Anthony and Child,” will be displayed in the lobby of St. Anthony’s Hospital, under construction in Gig Harbor.
The award ceremony will be preceded by a reception at 5:30 p.m.