President Anne Kerr Honored With Visual Arts Award

Jan 11, 2018

by Staff

Florida Southern College President Anne Kerr has been named a recipient of the Visionaries of the Visual Arts Award, which was presented to her at a benefit dinner at the Naples Sailing and Yacht Club on Tuesday. 

The annual event is organized by the Harmon-Meek Gallery of Naples. The award is intended to recognize individuals who might not have previously been noted for their efforts to promote the visual arts. Dr. H. Alexander Rich, assistant professor of art history at FSC and director of exhibitions and galleries at Florida Southern and the Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College, was the keynote speaker at the event.

President Kerr was honored for her efforts to bring the Polk Museum of Art into affiliation with Florida Southern. Since the new arrangement was completed in June, the Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College has become an outstanding example of an academic museum that serves the Greater Lakeland community. Recent exhibitions have included works not seen before in Central Florida by Dutch masters and the French Impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir. The museum also has acquired a substantial permanent collection of American figurative art with the assistance of Harmon-Meek Director Emeritus J. William Meek, an alumnus of FSC.

“I’m honored to receive this award, and I am mindful of all the people who helped bring about this wonderful new affiliation between Florida Southern and the Polk Museum,” President Kerr remarked. “The award belongs to them as well, and it is a recognition of how the Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College will be an asset to the community for years to come.”