Harvey Buchanan stepped out of the shadows of Philip Johnson’s Turning Point, David Black’s Euclid Circles and other sculptures that grace Case’s campus to receive accolades as one of the winners of the Joseph D. Pigott Leadership Award from University Circle Incorporated.
Buchanan was recognized for his 53 years of leadership as an art historian on the faculty of Case’s department of art history and art and as former provost of humanities and art. He is currently the curator of the Mildred Putnam Sculpture Collection - unique compilation of 35 purchased or commissioned works, many which are outside and readily accessible for public view.
Buchanan shared this year’s leadership award with Sylvia Easley, director of Early Childhood Education at the Cleveland Music School Settlement. The award, which honors the late former president of UCI for his dedication to and inspired vision of University Circle, is presented annually to individuals who have made significant contributions to the Circle and increased its influence outside the Circle’s boundaries.
Each award honoree received a Hoya crystal award and a $2,000 prize made possible through an endowment of Forest City Enterprises and True-Mart Fund. UCI presented the awards on November 14
The Putnam Collection’s first acquisition was Gene Kangas’ Snow Fences, commissioned as a gift from the Mildred Andrews Fund. In 1981, Andrews established a permanent endowment to acquire more works, with stipulations that the works be three-dimensional and by regional artists. Buchanan has overseen and cared for the collection that reflects diverse styles, materials and creative directions by the artists.
Also honored, Easley has overseen the introduction of more than 20,000 young students to the rich cultural resources in University Circle through the Music Settlement’s Early Childhood Education program. She was an integral part of the program’s development from its inception in 1965 with two classes, to 700 students in 21 classes currently that come to the Circle for dance, music, drama, art and other activities.
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