Outstanding artists will be honored by the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council at an annual awards ceremony Sunday in the Badger, Minn., Community Center.

George French, Crookston, a musician specializing in piano and organ, will receive the Northwest Star Award. The award, which includes $5,000, is a lifetime achievement award.

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Jean Honl of Roseau, Minn., will receive the Northwest Artist of the Year Award for the craft of rosemaling. The award includes $500.

Sherri Kukowski, Badger, Minn., a mosaic artist, will receive the Northwest Arts Advocate of the Year Award. The award includes $500.

French, who heads the music and theater departments at the University of Minnesota-Crookston, has directed many theater productions and is an active volunteer in Crookston.

Honl, whose work is on display at the Riverwalk Artists Gallery in East Grand Forks' Riverwalk Centre Mall, has been rosemaling for 45 years.

Kukowski created the 26-foot-by-12-inch glass mosaic public art installation at the Badger Community Center. The artwork showcases rural life in northern Minnesota.

At Sunday's ceremony, refreshments will be served at 2:15 p.m. Program begins at 3 p.m.

Funding for the awards for Northwest Star and Northwest Artist of the Year is provided by The McKnight Foundation. Funding for the Northwest Arts Advocate of the Year is from the Minnesota State Legislature.

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council serves Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake and Roseau counties.

The Badger Community Center is at 111 N. Main St.