DC Arts Center Presents Herb White Award to Don Russell 5/13
The bi-annual Herb White Award was created in 2008 to honor the memory of Herb White, who passed away in June 2007 and to pay homage to those who have worked tirelessly, selflessly, without financial reward, at their own expense, and often behind-the-scenes to support artists and encourage arts to flourish in our city.
The 2010 Herb White Award will be presented to Don Russell, director of Provisions Library, for his thirty years directing arts, non-profit, philanthropic and publishing ventures. Engaging the arts as a catalyst for social change, he has curated over eighty exhibitions on such issues as mass media, AIDS, and Native American life. He has also been a consultant for many organizations including the Gaea Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Smithsonian Institution, the Museum of Sex, Headlands Art Center, Blue Mountain Center, Maryland Art Place, Grantmakers in the Arts, and the Goethe Institute. He served as the Executive Director of the Washington Project for the Arts from 1992 through 1995.
DCAC Director B. Stanley says, "Through the presentation of this award, we hope to keep fresh in the public memory Herb's love for the arts and his generosity, especially his donation of the DCAC facility for 19 years, support which his family continues today." The inaugural 2008 award was presented to Mary Swift, founder and managing editor for 25 years of the now-defunct Washington Review.
The award will be presented by Suzanne Cody, former board member of Washington Project for the Arts, on Thursday, May 13th at the Meridian House during DCAC's Cuisine des Artistes, held from 6:30 - 10:00 p.m. Continuing a tradition begun in 2008, local artist John Dreyfuss will design the award.
In addition to the award ceremony, this gala fundraiser includes a cocktail hour, artist-created appetizers, a tapas-style feast for which artists and chefs have collaborated on the creation of a veritable museum of edible art, and desserts, coffee and performances to round out the evening.