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School of the Arts Publicity Office: J. Paul DiMaggio, Publicist, 898-5739; jdimggio@csuchico.edu;

Story Contact: Deanna Lares, 530-342-1942; drlares@gmail.com

Web Site: www.theturner.org

Stop Date: October 21, 2011
For Immediate Release:

Presentation of Mayor's Arts Award to the Janet Turner Print Museum Board of Directors

CHICO – The Janet Turner Print Museum Board of Directors was honored to accept the Mayor’s Award for Achievement in the Arts in the category of arts organization at a recent ceremony. This special award, presented annually during National Arts and Humanities Month, was created as a means for the Chico Arts Commission to recognize individuals, businesses and non-profit organizations for contributions to art in the community. The awards are presented in memory of former Arts Commissioner Joseph Kaveney in recognition of his many years of service and contributions to the arts in Chico.

The Turner Board was recognized for the extraordinary leadership, which has stewarded the organization over the last 23 years. Board president Pat Kopp accepted the award presented by Mayor Ann Schwab. “For the Museum and the board I am honored at the board being recognized by the Chico Arts Commission and the city council, not just for the present board but also must include past board members and in particular Barbara Morris and Joann Morgan the two individuals who served as board presidents before my term started” said Kopp.

The accomplishment particularly noted by the Commission is the relocation of the stellar collection of fine art prints from Laxson Auditorium to a permanent museum on the ground floor of the Meriam Library. The Commission also honored the Board for its works to promote the art of printmaking through its education programs, summer arts camps, annual exhibitions, print competition, and the Turner Prize for Excellence in the Arts. “This is a great honor for the Turner Board and its efforts over the year's to bring the riches of the collection to our region” said Joel Zimbelman, Dean of Humanities and Fine Arts Department, CSU Chico. “I cannot speak more highly of the energy and achievement of this group of community and university people---they love art, want people to enjoy original art, and are committed to Janet Turner's vision. Our appreciation is boundless and it is gratifying that the City of Chico recognizes these contributions with the Mayor's Art Award.”

Chico Mayor Ann Schwab also presented awards to Orient and Flume Art Glass and posthumously to artist Scott Teeple.

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