The three people with ties to NC State listed below will be honored tonight with a Raleigh Medal of Art, the city’s highest honor presented for lifetime achievement in the arts:
- J. Mark Scearce, director of NC State’s Music Department and a composer whose works have been performed throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia, and the Pacific. A collaboration with Toni Morrison won the prestigious Sackler Prize in music composition. Read his bio here, and listen to his music here.
- Banks C. Talley Jr., vice chancellor of student affairs emeritus at NC State who expanded the arts program at NC State and founded the Friends of the College Series. NC State’s student center is named after him. He was also inducted into the Raleigh Hall of Fame in September. Read his bio here.
- William Ivey Long, a five-time Tony Award-winning Broadway costume designer and an adjunct professor in NC State’s College of Design. He also supports programs at NC State such as the Art to Wear fashion show held by the colleges of Textiles and Design. Read his bio here.
Additional information about the 2010 Raleigh Medal of Arts, which will be held at 7 p.m. in the Fletcher Opera House in the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, can be found here and here.