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 in 2013 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). The review committee will evaluate nominations through the lens of three core categories: 1) leadership contributions, 2) patronage (participation and/or financial support), and 3) overall body of work and involvement in the local arts community.

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

  • Arts and/or Cultural Organization

  • Individual or Business Supporter

*The Convention and Visitors Bureau defines the Roanoke region as the counties of Botetourt, Franklin, and Roanoke, and the cities of Salem, Roanoke and the Town of Vinton.

Important Note

The Perry F. Kendig Arts and Culture Awards is a new programmatic offering between Hollins University and Roanoke College as of 2013.  Past Perry F. Kendig Awards recipients from 1985-2012 are eligible for consideration – see complete list: Past Perry F. Kendig Award Recipients. Programs and employees of Hollins and Roanoke are not eligible.

Deadline for Nominations

Nominations for The Perry F. Kendig Awards are now OPEN. 

Materials may be mailed 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. 

The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, July 15, 2015.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.   We highly recommend including samples or links to work, especially for visual artists.

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.    

Where will The Perry F. Kendig Arts and Culture Awards ceremony take place? 

The awards will alternate between Roanoke College and Hollins University.  The 2015 awards presentation will be at Roanoke College on Wednesday, September 2, 5:30 p.m.  

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

Yes. As of 2013 and the new collaboration and programmatic offering between Hollins University and Roanoke College, any past recipients during 1985 and 2012 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 of the status of your nominee so a valid email address must be included with your nomination form.    

For Additional questions: 

Brook Dickson
Hollins University
540-362-6287 or