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2013 Awards and Certificates

Friday, December 6, 2013   (0 Comments)
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Each year the Utah Museums Association presents three awards to honor individuals or organizations who have made significant contributions to Utah Museums. At the 2013 Annual Conference in October, we were pleased to present three Certificates of Museum Practice and three awards.

Certificates Of Museum Practice:

S. Brent Farley, Orem Heritage Museum
Carol Adams, Orem Heritage Museum
Adrienne Day

More on the Certificate of Museum Practice


Public Service Award - Wendi Hassan

Wendi has been in the museum field for over 19 years. Wendi began her career at the Cache Valley Center for the Arts, where she wore many hats as the Executive Director, Marketing and Public Relations Director, Development Director, and Education & Outreach Director. From there she moved to the Alliance for the Varied Arts, where she served as the Executive Director. This was an arts organization and museum gallery space in Cache Valley where visual and performing arts were showcased. The organization merged with the Cache Valley Center for the Arts, shortly thereafter. Unfortunately the center closed a short time later. At that time Wendi joined the Utah Division of Arts and Museums as their Communications Specialist, the following year moved into the role of Community Development and Museums at the Utah Arts and Museums a role that she currently holds. Although Wendi has extensive experience in the arts, she is very supportive of all museums and goes above and beyond to provide much needed support, technical assistance and networking opportunities for museum professionals. You will see Wendi out and about in the museum community, she has coordinated the Utah Arts Day at the Legislature, Utah Museum Day at the Legislature, and is an active participant in the Western Arts and Utah Museum Association Conferences. Wendi is friendly, outgoing and easy to work with - on behalf of Discovery Gateway - the Children's Museum of Utah, we proudly nominate Wendi Hassan for the Public Services Award.


Bessie Jones Volunteer Award - Anne Gardner

Anne Gardner moved from northern California to Cedar City, Utah in 1983 and became involved with the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery at Southern Utah University. In 1988, Gardner became inextricably involved with the Friends of the Braithwaite Gallery serving on its board and as chair, on and off for the last 10 years. Under Anne's leadership, in 1992, the Friends launched their annual Art Auction which celebrated it's 21st anniversary in 2013. The first year, the auction offered 14 pieces of art by local artists and celebrated net revenue of $4,100. Last February the event's net revenue exceeded $25,000. Over the 21 years of the event nearly $300,000 have been raised by Anne's work with area artists who donate their artwork for the good of the Gallery. With the auction proceeds each year, the Friends of the Gallery sponsor a fall show which has included such exhibits as "Francisco de Goya: Los Caprichos", "Frederic Remington Makes Tracks", "Winslow Homer in America" and with record attendance "In Focus: National Geographic Greatest Portraits." With each fall exhibition, the Friends fund interactive educational programming for Iron County's K-12 students. Nearly 5,000 young people are served each year through these efforts.
As if leading the Friends group wasn't enough, Anne is a relentless supporter of the planned Southern Utah Museum of Art (SUMA) to be built on the campus of Southern Utah University. Actually, she had much to do with the inception of the Museum as in 2007 she let newly arrived SUU President Michael T. Benson know that what the campus and community truly needed was an art museum. Anne was the first to make a significant gift to the project and the museum will break ground in March of 2014.
It is with great gratitude for her 30 years of commitment and generosity to the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery -- soon to be the Southern Utah Museum of Art -- that I nominate Anne Garner for the Bessie Jones Volunteer Award.

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