Newsroom

February 6, 1998

Friends of the Art Museum of Middlebury College Set March 1 Deadline for Nominations For New Visual Arts Awards

New Program Recognizes Exceptional Contributions of Addison County Residents

The Friends of the Art Museum of Middlebury College ówhose mission is to encourage appreciation of the visual arts in the communityóhave announced a new annual awards program. The goal of the program is to recognize students and other members of the Addison County community who have made exceptional contributions to the visual arts of their county through creative talents and achievements, or enthusiastic support.

Nominations must be received by March 1 and are being accepted in eight categories: Middlebury College senior; high school senior; eighth grade student; sixth grade student; professional or amateur artist, craftsperson or teacher; benefactor; volunteer and/or organization.

Anyone may nominate a candidate for consideration. The Friendsí selection committee will determine if there should be recognition in any or all categories in a given year.

Awards will be made at the annual meeting of the Friends of the Art Museum on April 26. For additional information and nomination forms, please Sandra Olivo, curator of education, Middlebury College Museum of Art, at 443-2248.

Members of the selection committee, which was appointed by the Friends of the Art Museum, are: Virginia Brown, chair of the selection committee and Friends member; Lisa Beck, visiting instructor, teacher education program, Middlebury College; Dr. Marge Drexler, Friends member and Cornwall resident; Martha Lapham, Friends member and Shoreham resident; Eric Nelson, professor of studio art, Middlebury College; Sandra Olivo, curator of education, Middlebury College Museum of Art; Lois Thompson, art teacher, Mt. Abraham Union High School.

Along with encouraging appreciation of the visual arts in the community, the Friends of the Art Museumís mission is to support the art acquisitions program of the Middlebury College Museum of Art, and to sponsor exhibitions and art related programs for the enjoyment and edification of the members.

Since its founding in 1968, the Friends of the Art Museum, which numbers over three hundred local and national members, have donated numerous distinguished acquisitions to the College art collection. In 1990 they launched a successful campaign to conserve a valuable 9th Century Assyrian relief in the College collection and to reinstall it in the lobby of the new Middlebury College Museum of Art. In 1996 they voted to use two thirds of their annual dues to support the Museumís educational initiative. Since its inception, the education program has trained more than 35 docents and offered tours of Museum exhibitions to over 2,500 school children and adults in the community.