ASC Honors

Overview: ASC is pleased to recognize exceptionally creative, innovative, and inquisitive individuals and teachers whose lifetime achievements in arts, science or history have distinguished them and have enriched the lives of the citizens of Charlotte-Mecklenburg and this region.

ASC Honors celebrates lifetime achievements of Charlotte-Mecklenburg residents in the visual, design or performing arts, history, literature or science.

Each honoree receives a $5,000 award and a bronze medallion designed by NC artist Joanna Gollberg.

The Selection Panels, comprised of past ASC Honorees, ASC Board and community members, review the nominees, their career achievements, writings, inventions and the breadth of their creative work and recommend recipients.

Criteria for ASC Honors-Lifetime Achievement in the Field include:

  • innovative career accomplishments that have impacted the community and beyond
  • the potential for the individual’s career to have a lasting presence in our social and cultural history



Recipients include:


Dr. Tom Hanchett (History)

Tyrone Jefferson (Music)

Sonia Handelman Meyer (Visual Art)

Beverly Penninger (Film)

Dr. Raphael Tsu (Science)



Robert Corbin (Science)

Clara Jones (Music)

Wesley Mancini (Design)

Dr. Dan Morrill (History)

Kathy Reichs (Literature)



View our inaugural awards program.

Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux & Patricia McBride (Dance)

Steve Crump (History/Film)

Herb Jackson (Visual Art)

Dr. Francis Robicsek (Science/Medicine)

Arthur Smith (Music)