Among the eight recipients nominated by the public and selected by an independent panel of arts professionals from around the state was Zeek Taylor of Eureka Springs who received the Lifetime Achievement Award. Taylor is known for his stylized watercolors and has been described as "a colorist with a keen sense of pattern."
An Arkansas native, Taylor studied art at Arkansas State University and the Memphis College of Art.
A former public school art teacher, Taylor's work has been on display three times during exhibitions at the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock. One of his watercolors is hanging in the Arkansas Governor's Mansion.
A multiple-award winning artist and the subject of many one-man shows, his work is included in collections around the world.
Each award recipient will receive an original work of art created by glass artists Charles and Michael Riley of Hot Springs, owners of Riley Art Glass Studio.
The Arkansas Arts Council was established in 1966 to enable the state of Arkansas to receive funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.