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Burt and Alice Saidel

Governor's Awards 2022: Burt and Alice Saidel, Arts Patron Award Winner

For Burt and Alice Saidel, a shared love of the arts is inextricably entwined with their love for each other. The couple, who have been married for 65 years and have lived in Dayton for 64 of them, are familiar figures in the West Central Ohio arts community. They have served on arts boards for many of these years, and Burt is currently a member of the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance. They’ve worked in fundraising for organizations close to their hearts. The Saidels are an enthusiastically welcomed presence at concerts, gallery openings, and performances.

The arts have played an integral role in both Burt and Alice’s lives. Burt, a dentist like his father, often took his office staff’s children to watch dress rehearsals at the Dayton Opera. Alice, whose family hails from Cleveland, grew up attending concerts at Severance Hall and has held a volunteer job in the Dayton Art Institute’s library since the late 1980s. The Saidels’ patronage of the arts runs deep, as evidenced by the generous gifts of their time and talents. For 40 years, Burt’s weekly review column in The Oakwood Register has been a community touchstone for all things occurring in the Greater Dayton arts scene. Burt’s own artistry extends beyond the written word. His woodworking skills are on display in many venues throughout the Miami Valley, such as the hand-crafted podium he created for the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra.

Since its beginning in 1971, the Governor's Awards has recognized individuals and organizations who have been vital to the growth and development of Ohio's cultural resources. One of the most prestigious arts events in Ohio, the Governor's Awards showcases and celebrates exceptional Ohio artists, arts organizations, arts leaders and patrons, and business support of the arts. Governor's Awards recipients are honored at a luncheon ceremony in Columbus, where they are presented with the only arts award in the state that is conferred by the governor. Each award winner receives an original piece of artwork created specifically for the event by an Ohio artist and the opportunity to share their story with other arts supporters statewide.

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