Greenville, Miss., Arts Council Selected as Grand Prize Winner in
2015 Gallery System ArtsUp Award Program
Council Will Receive $1000 in Art Hanging Equipment For Malkin Gallery
in Recognition of its Service to Mississippi Delta Arts Community
WELLESLEY, Mass., and GREENVILLE, Miss., 11 August 2015 — Gallery System Art Displays today announced that the Greenville Arts Council of Greenville, Miss., has been awarded the Grand Prize in the company’s 2015 Gallery System ArtsUp Awards. The award program recognizes and rewards outstanding community-oriented arts programs in the United States with awards of gallery quality art hanging systems.
The Greenville Arts Council was selected for the grand prize of $1000 worth of Gallery System art hanging equipment in recognition of its outstanding arts-related services in the Mississippi Delta region. It will install its new art hanging system at the Roger D. Malkin Gallery in the E.E. Bass Cultural Arts Center, Greenville’s first fine-arts gallery.
“We were extremely impressed by the creativity, energy, and community spirit shown by the dozens of organizations nominated for this year’s ArtsUp Award, but the Greenville Arts Council really stood out,” said Ron Orner, president of Gallery System Art Displays.
“They not only produce very high-quality exhibitions and classes, but also are working to bring the visual arts into a wide range of community events and festivals. That’s a terrific way to give adults and children in the Mississippi Delta community firsthand exposure to the power of creative expression, both as viewers and artists, and it’s exactly the type of service that the ArtsUp Awards are designed to honor.”
Mary Catherine Davis, executive director of the Greenville Arts Council, commented, “We feel very fortunate to receive this award — the equipment will dramatically improve the look of our gallery, enable us to contract with artists of greater stature, and help us boost our attendance, sponsorship, and hopefully sales as well.”
The Council’s Malkin Gallery, which typically hosts half a dozen six-week exhibitions each year, is located in a century-old school building, and offers appealing exhibition spaces with 14-foot ceilings and grand 8-foot windows, noted Davis. Hanging art on its plaster and concrete walls is a challenging proposition, making a hanging system an ideal option, she added, but “we’re very limited by our existing metal-rod hanging system, which is old, worn, and has missing and broken pieces. It’s actually become a disincentive for artists to exhibit with us, and we’re looking forward to installing this more discreet and reliable system, and being able to display a greater variety of works.”
Also honored in the 2015 ArtsUp Awards program were runner-up Hirsch Wellness Network of greater Greensboro, NC, developer of an innovative arts-in-healthcare program for cancer patients and caregivers, and honorable mention winners ArtHaus, which serves its Decorah, Ia., community with exhibitions, classes, and other events, and the Armed Services YMCA of Fort Campbell, Ky., creator of the Discover Arts program for children of junior enlisted soldiers stationed at Fort Campbell.
The winning programs, which were chosen from nominations submitted via the Gallery System website, will select equipment of their choice from Gallery System’s lineup of gallery-quality systems for art display, including the Original Gallery System, which offers optional integrated lighting, and the sleek GalleryOne. All nominated programs are eligible to be profiled on Gallery System’s social media channels, including Facebook and Twitter.
About Gallery System Art Displays:
Founded in 1995, Gallery System Art Displays has provided professional-quality picture hanging systems to art hanging professionals at thousands of galleries, museums, schools, libraries, and other exhibition spaces. The company is known for outstanding product quality and personalized customer service, both before and after the sale.
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