The Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia honored artist Freddie Styles and educator Lillian Kincey during its annual Black History Month Dinner and Awards Celebration.
Styles received the Larry D. and Brenda A. Thompson Award. It is presented annually to an African-American artist who has made significant but often lesser-known contributions to the visual arts tradition and has roots in or major connections to Georgia.
Styles attended Morris Brown College and has been an artist-in-residence at several institutions including Clayton State University, Clark Atlanta University and Spelman College. As a former director of City Gallery East, Styles also worked on various projects that helped promote the arts in Atlanta.
Kincey received the Lillian C. Lynch Citation, which is presented to an African-American leader who has contributed to cultural education.
Kincey is the founder and director of the Young Designers Sewing Program, which teaches girls in grades 4-12 the elements of sewing and fashion design. She specifically uses sewing as a way to enhance and reinforce vocabulary development, reading and mathematics in addition to communication skills.