Saint Mary's College Museum of Art Recognized for its Significant Contribution to Region's Cultural Heritage by Arts & Culture Commission of Contra Costa County 

MORAGA (01-12-13) The Saint Mary’s College of California Museum of Art has been honored with a 2012 Arts Recognition Award by the Arts & Culture Commission of Contra Costa (AC5) and the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors. The Saint Mary's art museum is being recognized for its substantial contributions to the cultural heritage of the Bay Area and Contra Costa County in particular.

The Board of Supervisors presented the resolution on Tuesday, January 15, 2013. The resolution honored the Museum of Art for its varied and extensive contributions to the arts and culture of Contra Costa County. The museum was also given a commemorative glass sculpture by acclaimed artist Randy Strong of the R. Strong Glassstudio in Berkeley.

Museum director Carrie Brewster said she was thrilled by the latest honor for the institution. "As a museum that has been accredited by the America Alliance of Museums for more than 25 years, we take pride in bringing a world of art to Saint Mary’s College and the surrounding communities," said Brewster.

Brewster added that "the expansion of our exhibit space by 50 per cent in 2011 enables the Saint Mary's Museum of Art to present four exhibitions at once, offering with an even more diverse range of the visual arts to our region."

Darwin Marable, chairperson 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."

For seventeen years AC5 has been recognizing arts leaders in our communities through the Arts Recognition Awards. The award honors individuals, charitable institutions, businesses, or charitable organizations that have made significant artistic or philanthropic contributions to Contra Costa’s arts and culture over a sustained period of time.

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