Debora McDell-Hernandez, the Gallery’s coordinator of community programs and outreach, received double honors over the weekend of November 7 and 8, 2014—the Community Unification Award at the Latinos de Corazon Gran Gala and an Outstanding Service Award presented during the All Women Rock Award Celebration. Noted the Gran Gala program: “Debora has served on several community boards, but her work with the Memorial Art Gallery’s Family Days is what is most qualifying for this award. For nearly a decade, Debora has organized these events that have given a platform for people of any ethnicity and background to express their culture and share with others. She has brought people together to enjoy, appreciate and share their similarities and differences, creating unity through their diversity.”
Above right: McDell-Hernandez at a recent MAG Family Day. Photo by Brandon K. Vick.
Congratulations to fiber artist Danielle Gori-Montanelli (in hat) of Middlebury, VT, who won Best in Show at the 14th Annual Fine Craft Show and Sale in October 2014. She’s shown with (from left) juror Shirley Dawson, MAG director Jonathan Binstock and juror Patti Giordano. Two other artists received Awards of Excellence: Jeong Ju Lee of Bakersville, NC (jewelry) and Hideaki Miyamura of Kensington, NH (ceramics).
Eleven artists received awards of merit at the M&T Bank Clothesline Festival. They were chosen from more than 430 other exhibitors at the annual show, which took place September 6 and 7. Congratulations to Gerald & Diane Arbes of Owego, Tioga Co., wood; Lioubov Ermolova of East Greenbush, Rensselaer Co., wearable art; Harvey Greenwald (pictured) of Warwick, Orange Co., leather; Marisa Krol of Rochester, jewelry; Steven Lee-Davis of Rochester, printmaking; Doug McFarland of Fairport, photography; David Reyen of Baldwinsville, Onondaga Co., fiber; Rocket Girls Studio of Rochester, jewelry; John Volcko of Skaneateles, Onondaga Co., wood; and NicEllis Withey of Groton, Tompkins Co., painting.
“Every year for nearly two decades, you have provided the transportation and manpower to transfer Art & Treasures items from storage units to the Gallery,” wrote outgoing Council president Mary Sue Jack in the citation letter. “This has been accomplished without fanfare, recognition or renumeration. You have given the Council so much, thereby helping us accomplish our mission, which is to support and celebrate the Memorial Art Gallery.”
Above: Carter and her husband, Christopher, spoke with artist Albert Paley at the 2010 opening of the exhibition Albert Paley in the 21st Century. Photo by Brandon K. Vick.
Congratulations to Debora McDell-Hernandez, MAG community programmer for the past 15 years, who was honored October 24 by the Rochester City School District. McDell-Hernandez received the Volunteer Education Award as part of the RCSD’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. The award cites her accomplishments “designing and implementing educational programs that extend the museum’s mission of connecting people to art, especially in traditionally underserved audiences.”
Six cash awards totaling nearly $4,000 were presented to artists at the July 13 members’ opening of the 64th Rochester-Finger Lakes Exhibition. Five of the awards were chosen by this year’s juror—Alex Nyerges, director of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The sixth, the Alice E. Koret award, was selected by Memorial Art Gallery docents. The winner of the seventh and final award, voted by visitors during the first two weeks of the exhibition, was announced July 30. List of winners