Viola Davis
(© Art Streiber)
Viola Davis
(© Art Streiber)
Trinity Repertory Company has announced that Tony Award-winner and Academy Award-nominee Viola Davis will be honored with the 2012 Pell Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts at the 16th annual Pell Awards on May 21.

Additional honorees include Elaine Foster Perry, who will receive the Charles Sullivan Award for Distinguished Service in the Arts, Brown University President Ruth J. Simmons, who will receive the Pell Award for Leadership in Arts Education, and J.L. "Lynn" Singleton, who will receive the Pell Award for Outstanding Leadership in the Arts. All of the awardees are past or current Rhode Islanders.

The Pell Awards will be held at Trinity Repertory Company's Dowling Theater and Pell Chafee Performance Center. Mrs. Nuala Pell will serve as the event's honorary chair. The event is co-chaired by former Trinity Rep artistic director Richard Jenkins and his wife Sharon Jenkins, scenic designer Eugene Lee and his wife Brooke Lee, and Trinity Rep board member Kibbe Reilly and her husband Tom Reilly.

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