Awards to be Presented
at 2020 Iowa Museum Association Conference: “The Power of Real” October 19-21
The Iowa Museum Association Rising Star Award is
intended to recognize individuals who have worked or volunteered in the
Iowa museum field for 3-8 years and have helped their museum broaden
its audience through engagement activities. Nominees may be employed or
volunteer in an Iowa museum of any type.
The 2020 Rising Star award recipient is Sheryl Davis, Everly Brothers Childhood Home, Shenandoah, Iowa.
In nominating Sheryl Davis for the Iowa Museum Association Rising Star
Award, Shelly Warner, Marketing Director and Event Planner for the
Shenandoah Chamber & Industry Association said, "Sheryl Davis brings
professional expertise to the Everly Brothers Childhood Home. Without
her input and contributions, I believe the Home would have continued to
flounder with little direction. With her help, we have established a
mission statement, joined the state museum association, have been far
more successful with fundraising and events, and have established an
annual Everly Brother Heritage Day Celebration."
Warner noted Sheryl's work with local historic preservation planning
and tourism development, research and documentation, and visitor
experience programming among other things. Shelly described Sheryl's
important role in helping the Everly Brothers Childhood Home broaden its
audience through engagement activities including concerts and events
that have brought many fans to the site.
Read more about Sheryl's work here.
2020 New Museum Recognition
The Jane Young House is being recognized as a new Iowa museum.
The Jane Young House is an historic home built in 1873 by Kendall and Jane Young. For
almost 100 years, members of the Webster City Womans Club donated
clothing, hats, furniture, and other items to build a collection for the
Jane Young House. In 2018 it was decided to create exhibits and open the house to the public and to school groups. To
create the exhibit space, the electrical system was updated,
mini-splits were added to regulate the temperature and humidity of each
of the seven exhibit rooms, hard wood floors were refinished, new window
coverings were acquired, and dress forms were found. A marketing plan was developed and the organization joined the Iowa Museum Association.
The Jane Young House opened to the public in February 2019 with exhibits including historic clothing, hats, and furniture. Costumed
docents share educational information about the home’s original
occupants, Kendall and Jane Young, as well as the exhibits.
For more information: https://janeyounghouse.com/
2020 Anniversary Recognition
The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art is being recognized on its 125th anniversary.
Inspired by the extraordinary art gathered at the 1893 World’s Colombian Exposition in Chicago, community leaders from Cedar Rapids formed an art club in 1895. Ten years later, when they were offered a specially designed gallery in the new Carnegie Library, the club incorporated as the Cedar Rapids Art Association. The first painting was acquired for the collection in 1906. Local artists were often important members, helping arrange exhibitions, lectures, and special events. Among the most active members in the early 1920s were artists Grant Wood and his close friend Marvin Cone. Receiving Federal support from 1930 to 1935, the Association also ran the highly regarded Little Gallery, directed by Ed Rowan, who later helped run the Public Works of Art Project.
The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art's mission is to excite, engage, and education through the arts.
To read more: https://www.crma.org/about-us