Lang Clay Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Honoring Lang Clay

Lang Clay, Dir. of Education gives tour to children in Gallery May 1962

On November 3, 2011 former MAG director of education Langdon Clay was honored for his “lifetime of prolific service to the arts and history” by the Western New York Association of Historical Agencies. The award cited his 33 years of service at the Memorial Art Gallery and 16 years as curator of the Honeoye Historical Society.

During Clay’s years at the Gallery, he not only headed the education department but also was one of the organizers of MAG’s first Clothesline Festival in 1956. In the early days, he even sold hot dogs and pop at the Festival’s only food stand.

lang clay in the ceramics studio 2010After retiring in 1985, Clay continued to be a familiar presence at MAG, where he was a regular student in Creative Workshop ceramics classes until his death in November 2012. And his granddaughter, Samantha Clay Reagan, is carrying on the family tradition as the morning registrar and a frequent teacher at the Workshop.

Pictured: (Above) Lang Clay gives a tour to schoolchildren in 1962. (Right) In the ceramics studio, 2010. Photo by Larry Merrill.