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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Diane Stewart to receive inaugural CUAC Visionary Award: Dec 19

Event date: December 19, 7-9pm
Media Contact: Dana Hernandez, 385-215-6768, art@cuartcenter.org
CUAC is pleased to announce that Diane Stewart has been selected as the first recipient of the CUAC VISIONARY AWARD (CVA). The award will be given annually by CUAC to a person in the community who demonstrates significant influence and vision in promoting the sustainability and growth of contemporary art in Utah.
Recipients are recognized and honored for the fervent and ambitious economic, social, and aesthetic contributions they make to mold the fabric of our community. Through the visionary leadership and pioneering spirit of these people, significant change is realized in our state’s relationship to contemporary art.
In recognition of her revolutionary impact on the Utah art community CUAC is pleased to honor Diane Stewart with the inaugural CVA. Stewart has been instrumental in supporting the visual arts in Utah by serving on the boards of the Art Access, CUAC and UMFA, as Chair of the Utah Arts Council and by sponsoring the Utah Film Center, along with many other organizations. Stewart is also passionate about art in many forms. She and her husband, Sam Stewart, are well-known supporters of local artists, and are also renowned for having a world-class art collection—which they have shared with fellow Utahns by loaning numerous works to local institutions for public exhibition. Diane Stewart’s support was also crucial in the re-invention of CUAC in Salt Lake City. Being a true community builder, Stewart creates strong relationships between organizations and demonstrates a willingness to collaborate. Her philanthropic support and passion for nonprofit cultural organizations has been essential to creating a lively and sustainable arts and culture presence in Utah.
As an award recipient Diane Stewart will receive an original piece of artwork donated by featured CUAC and local Utah artist, Josh Winegar.
The award presentation will coincide with CUAC’s one-year anniversary celebration of thriving in Salt Lake City at which time CUAC will also open a new exhibition by Chris Purdie entitled, …the indefinite continued progress of existence and events…
CUAC strives to develop and expand Utah’s regional art-culture through exhibitions of contemporary art and by creating a context for understanding. Admission to CUAC is always free.

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