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Bruce Museum Hosting 6th Annual Icon Awards In Greenwich

The Bruce Museum will hold its sixth annual Icon Awards in the Arts May 20.
The Bruce Museum will hold its sixth annual Icon Awards in the Arts May 20. Photo Credit: Contributed

GREENWICH, Conn. – The Bruce Museum will hold its sixth annual Icon Awards in the Arts Wednesday, May 20, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Brant Foundation Art Study Center in Greenwich.

The Icon Awards, a benefit for the museum, honors distinguished figures in the art world in several categories each year.

This year’s honorees are Carol and George Crapple, patrons of the arts; Charles S. Moffett, leader of the art trade; Joel Shapiro, artist; John Walsh, director emeritus, J. Paul Getty Museum, Museum Professional; Malcolm Hewitt Wiener, art collector and scholar.

“We are delighted to have an opportunity to honor this group, who are all truly icons of the art world,” said Peter C. Sutton, The Susan E. Lynch executive director of the Bruce Museum. “It is our privilege to recognize their important contributions.”

George Crapple joined the Bruce Museum board of trustees in 1997 and has served as co-chairman (2004- 2007). He is currently a vice chairman and a member of the executive committee. He is also serving as chairman of the investment committee, which oversees the museum’s endowment. Carol Crapple has served on the Renaissance ball committee in various capacities for 20 years and as co-chair of the very successful SeaFair benefit in 2008. 

Charles S. Moffett had his first exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a one-room show titled “Van Gogh as Critic and Self-Critic.” He went on to curate many other exhibitions at the Met. His career took him to the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the National Gallery of Art and The Phillips Collection. 

Joel Shapiro has explored the possibilities of sculptural form throughout his 45-year career. Since his first solo exhibition at the Paula Cooper Gallery in 1970, his work has been the subject of numerous solo and retrospective exhibitions, and can be found in many public collections in the U.S.  and abroad. 

Wiener is an Aegean pre-historian who has written extensively on the Eastern Mediterranean world in the Bronze Age and is also a distinguished art collector.. A naturally gifted scholar, Wiener takes extraordinary satisfaction in researching his collection and sharing his extensive knowledge with his informed visitors.

Walsh is director emeritus of the J. Paul Getty Museum. He served as director from 1983 to 2000. He was lecturer and research assistant at the Frick Collection, then, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art from 1970-75, he served as associate for higher education and as curator in the department of European paintings. He was curator of paintings at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, until his move to the Getty in 1983.

For more on the award winners click here and to purchase tickets click here.

The Brant Foundation Art Study Center is at 941 North St., Greenwich. 

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