Trinity Repertory Company invites the public to nominate outstanding local artists for the 2020 Rhode Island Pell Awards for Excellence in the Arts. The Pell Awards' criteria include distinction in the artist's chosen field, work that significantly advances the art form and contribution to the betterment of the community, and the world at large through artistic presence and community service. Awards will be presented at the theater's gala event on Monday, June 1, 2020. Nominations are due by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, February 9. Nominations
require the artist's name, contact information, and a brief description of their work and the contributions that they have made to Rhode Island. Complete the online form at www.TrinityRep.com/pell or mail nominations to RI Pell Awards Selection Committee, Trinity Rep, 201 Washington St., Providence, RI 02903. Recipients will be announced in March.
The Pell Awards were established in 1997 to honor Senator Claiborne Pell and recognize artistic excellence in Rhode Island, the New England region and nationally. Throughout his life, Senator Pell worked to support the arts and provide new opportunities for artists. He sponsored the landmark legislation that established the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities in 1965, and chaired the Senate Education and Arts subcommittee. Proceeds from the Pell Awards Gala support artistic programming at Trinity Rep.