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Three men received New Brunswick's highest honour in the arts field Monday.

The Lieutenant-Governor's Awards for High Achievement in the Arts were presented to playwright Jules Boudreau, novelist, musician and screenwriter Jacques Savoie, and visual artist Thaddeus Holownia.

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Holownia has called New Brunswick home for 35 years after settling in the Sackville area.

The photographer, professor and head of the Fine Arts Department at Mount Allison University thinks these prizes can prove as inspiration to aspiring or struggling artists.

"And making sure that you stay dedicated to your ideals, day, after day, after day, when there are no rewards," he said.

Each man receives a $20,000 prize which they all say will help with their next projects.