President Anne Kerr Honored With Visual Arts Award

Aug 1, 2018

by FSC Staff
Originally appeared in Southern News Magazine

President Anne Kerr has been named a recipient of the Visionaries of the Visual Arts Award, which was presented at a benefit dinner at the Naples Sailing and Yacht Club, organized by the Harmon-Meek Gallery of Naples. The award recognizes individuals who are noted for their efforts to promote the visual arts.

President Kerr was honored for her efforts to bring the Polk Museum of Art into an organizational affiliation with Florida Southern. Since the new arrangement was announced in June 2017, the Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College has become an outstanding example of an academic museum that also serves the Greater Lakeland community. Recent exhibitions have included works not seen before in Central Florida — including a unique collection of work by Dutch students from the Academy of Rembrandt van Rijn, and drawings by French Impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir. The museum also has acquired a substantial permanent collection of American figurative art through the advocacy of Harmon-Meek Director Emeritus J. William Meek ’72.

“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 and our students.”

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.