The Indiana Arts Commission recently announced that Ben Johnson, a Cicero, Indiana glass artist, was chosen to create the award for the 2011 Governor's Arts Awards. His work is currently on display at ArtSplash Gallery in Carmel, Indiana, as part of the Indiana Glass Trail.  Here is how Ben describes his work in his artist's statement: "I make one of a kind sculpture in glass which comes from my interest with the natural occurrences that control our environment, and the way living organisms affect one another." From the Indiana Arts Commission press release:

"As the creator of the Governor's Arts Award, I am honored to help my state celebrate the individuals and organizations from across Indiana," Johnson said. "Each recipient of this award has contributed to the arts in our communities to make Indiana a great place to call home."

Johnson was selected from a field of seven glass artists from around the state invited to submit proposals to create the awards.

"The tradition of the Governor's Arts Awards includes the commissioning of a new work by an Indiana artist," said Lewis C. Ricci, IAC executive director. "Ben's work is most impressive and we are confident the 2011 recipients will be proud to display his creation."

The 2011 awards will be presented this fall during a special awards program on the campus of Indiana University South Bend.

Congratulations Ben!