Academy Award-nominated actress Viola Davis was honored at Monday's Pell Awards at Trinity Repertory Company's Dowling Theater and Pell Chafee Performance Center in Providence, R.I. Davis received the 2012 Pell Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts. Other honorees were theater educator Elaine Foster Perry (Charles Sullivan Award for Distinguished Service in the Arts), Brown University President Ruth J. Simmons (2012 Pell Award For Leadership in Arts Education) and J.L. "Lynn" Singleton, president of the Providence Performing Arts Center and Professional Facilities Management (2012 Pell Award for Outstanding Leadership in the Arts). All awardees are past or current Rhode Islanders.
Now in their second decade, the Pell Awards were established to honor Senator Claiborne Pell and recognize artistic excellence in Rhode Island and on the national level.