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The Ohio Arts Council recently honored two John Carroll University faculty members with prestigious awards. George Bilgere, Ph.D., and Philip Metres, Ph.D., professors and poets in the Department of English at JCU, received Individual Excellence Awards from the Council. They are among 75 artists recognized in the state. In a comment about the honor, the Ohio Arts Council said, “the awards are peer recognition of creative artists for the exceptional merit of a body of their work that advances or exemplifies the discipline and the larger artistic community.” The $5,000 awards are intended to support artists' growth and development and recognize their work in Ohio and beyond.