The SMC Museum of Art was honored on January 15 with a 2012 Arts Recognition Award by the Arts and Culture Commission of Contra Costa and the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors in recognition of its contributions to the cultural heritage of the Bay Area, and Contra Costa County in particular.

Darwin Marable, chairman for the Arts and Culture Commission of Contra Costa County, said "the Saint Mary's Art Museum was honored for its permanent collection, including its William Keith Collection, and noteworthy one-person exhibitions which bring local, national and international known artist to Moraga and Contra Costa County."

The museum also received a stunning work of blown glass by Berkeley artist R. Strong and commendations from the California Legislature. Board of Supervisors Chair Federal Glover and Arts Commission Chair Darwin Marable made the presentation to Saint Mary's Museum Director Carrie Brewster, who said she was "thrilled" with the honor.

Tim Farley, SMC’s director of Community and Government Relations, represented the college at the event and introduced the museum staff to key regional officials.

For 17 years, the Arts and Culture Commission has been recognizing arts leaders in area communities through the Arts Recognition Awards, which honor individuals, charitable institutions, businesses and charitable organizations.

The museum is currently closed for installation and will reopen on Saturday, Feb. 2, with four exciting new exhibitions: Carnaval!; Ryan Reynolds: Landscape Assembled; In Search of the Source: The Nile and Beyond by Lockwood de Forest; and The California Alps: William Keith Paintings from the 1870s, 80s, and 90s.

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