In recognition of the MMFA’s powerful and thought provoking exhibition, History Refused to Die: Alabama’s African-American Self-Taught Artists in Context, the Museum education department also payed homage to our state and its history by hosting the MMFA 2015 Docent Graduation with an Alabama theme, entitled “Jubilee.” Dinner, prepared by Jenny Weller Catering, featured a delicious array of barbecue, macaroni and cheese, braised greens and peach cobbler. Tables were decked out in red and white, with a centerpiece of apples and white daisy mums, atop a cascade of books about Alabama artists. (At left: 2015 graduates of the MMFA Docent Program, with Alice Novak, and Jill Byrd.)
MMFA docents are recognized for their dedication and service to the Museum by this annual special event. This year, we welcomed seven new docents who completed the requirements and graduated the program: Julie Goolsby, Phyllis Hall, Andy Huffman, Nancy Moss, Mary Lil Owens, Laura Roth, and Penny Thompson. Other accolades went to both the outgoing and incoming Docent Councils as well as docents who had outstanding performances in categories such as gallery, studio, outreach and puppet show.
Two special recognition awards were given: the Wayne Barto Memorial Award for Outstanding First-Year Docent was given to Penny Thompson; and the Pat Wanglie Honorary Award for Docent with Exceptional Service was given to Beth Acker. (At left: Alice Novak, Penny Thompson, Donna Pickens and Jill Byrd.)
The Museum is grateful to each and every docent who volunteers their time and talents to the MMFA, and, with their help, we look forward to another successful year educating the River Region about art and the Museum.
(At right: Beth Acker and Pat Wanglie.)
MMFA Tour Coordinator