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Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana Honors OCU Employees

June 29, 2012 at 10:09 AM

Each year the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana honors area artists and organizations.  At a Wednesday press conference, the county recipients were recognized for their accomplishments, including two of OCU’s own: Joe Smith, art professor for Gibson County and Roger Willis, Gallery Director for Pike County.  Each of these men are to be congratulated for their commitment to art education.  We are privileged to have them on staff.   The recipient for Spencer County was Holiday World.  Accepting that award at the press conference was Sandy Ludlow Fortune ’98 who is Director of Entertainment for Holiday World.  Sandy performed in many of the musical and drama productions when she was a student here.   OCU was well represented at this prestigious event!   Following is an excerpt from the Evansville Courier & Press regarding the event:

“This year's county arts awards went to: Daniel Craig, a singer, piper, USI music teacher and Old North Methodist Church music director (Vanderburgh); Joseph Smith, an artist and longtime art teacher at Oakland City University (Gibson); the Castle High School Marching Knights marching band (Warrick); Roger Willis, a veteran arts educator and current director of Oakland City University's Dunn Gallery (Pike); Wolfgang Orchestra and Chorus founders Dennis and Nancy Noon (Posey); and Holiday World and Splashin' Safari (Spencer).All of the winners will receive their awards Sept. 6 in Casino Aztar's Walnut Atrium. Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke and his wife, Carol McClintock, have signed on as honorary chairpersons for the event, a fundraiser for the Arts Council.”

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