The Perry F. Kendig 
Arts and Culture

Hollins University and Roanoke College are dedicated to providing students with the finest arts and cultural learning experiences.  From artist residencies, gallery programs, live theatre productions, music concerts, creative writing activities, and film projects, students are exposed to amazing faculty and professional artists of all disciplines.

To enhance learning and build upon these unique campus offerings, both Hollins and Roanoke have actively sought ways for students to experience the rich and vibrant Roanoke Valley* arts and cultural community.  At any time throughout their experiences at Hollins and Roanoke, students might find themselves working alongside a Roanoke Valley visual artist in their studio or in the community, performing in a local theatrical production or learning about arts administration during an internship at a non-profit organization.

When The Perry F. Kendig Awards, an annual program that has recognized excellence in arts and culture for more than 25 years, found itself without a home, Hollins and Roanoke came together to keep the tradition alive in appreciation to the Roanoke Valley’s cultural community.  In addition, Hollins and Roanoke hope that in presenting this annual program it will build an even stronger arts and culture bridge between the campus environment and community at large.


The late Perry F. Kendig served as president of Roanoke College and was an avid supporter and patron of the arts. Since 1985, The Perry F. Kendig Awards program has recognized exemplary individuals, businesses and organizations that support excellence in the arts. In addition, these awards have served as an important advocacy program for the community to realize and appreciate the vital role arts and culture play in economic development and education in our schools, while providing a focal point for celebrating and strengthening the Roanoke Valley’s cultural identity.

The Perry F. Kendig Arts and Culture Awards program strives to:

  • Showcase the quality and diversity of artistic excellence throughout the Roanoke Valley

  •  Recognize outstanding support of arts and culture

  • Celebrate exemplary arts and cultural organizations

Award Categories – One Award will be presented in each category only (for a total of three (3) awards)

  • Individual Artist (of all disciplines – dance, literature, music, media arts, visual arts and theatre)

  • Arts and Culture Organization

  • Business Supporter

Important Note

As The Perry F. Kendig Arts and Culture Awards is a new programmatic offering between Hollins University and Roanoke College, any past Perry F. Kendig Awards recipients are now eligible for consideration. Programs and employees of Hollins and Roanoke are not eligible.

Deadline for Nominations

Nominations for 2013 are now closed.  Please check back next year to submit your nomination. 

For questions in the meantime please contact:

Brook Dickson
Hollins University
540-362-6287 or

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I get a nomination form?

Nomination forms will be available on the website only.  You may download and fill out the form (PDF) with supporting materials (e.g. artist work samples, narrative about the nominee’s support of the arts) or use the online form.

You may also mail your nomination form and any supporting materials to the following address.  To have any work samples mailed back to you, please provide a self-addressed pre-paid envelope with your nomination form.

Ms. Lisa Bowling
Assistant Vice President for Resource Development
Roanoke College
221 College Lane
Salem, VA  24153-3749

If submitting your nomination form in person, please hand deliver to Roanoke College, Resource Development Office. 

Are supporting materials important to include along with my nomination form?

Although supporting materials are not mandatory, any additional information will help the review committee learn more about your nominee and why you feel they should be selected as a recipient of an award.  

How are review committee members selected?  

Hollins and Roanoke have selected faculty with expertise in arts and culture along with community supporters.  In addition, past year’s recipients will also serve on the committee to ensure a comprehensive scope and understanding of arts and culture in the Roanoke Valley.  

Will The Perry F. Kendig Arts and Culture Awards always take place at Roanoke College?  

The awards will alternate between Roanoke College and Hollins University.   

The organization I want to nominate was a past recipient of a Perry F. Kendig Award.  Are they eligible? 

Yes.  As this is a new collaboration and programmatic offering between Hollins University and Roanoke College, any and all past recipients are eligible moving forward.   

How will I know if my nominee was selected, or conversely, not selected for an award this year?  

You will be notified via email if the status of your nominee so a valid email address must be included with your nomination form.