Alabama Center for the Arts

Hall of Fame

The Alabama Center for the Arts Hall of Fame honors native and resident Alabamians who have made significant contributions to their respective fields of endeavor. In addition to furthering our mission of educating citizens and enhancing cultural appreciation of the arts, the Hall of Fame endeavors to inspire others to pursue their artistic ambitions. We are therefore planning annual recognition events in addition to other online and offline initiatives to be launched in support of our mission.

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Alabama Center Announces Arts Hall of Fame Inductees

September 26th, 2016
Decatur, Alabama

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The Alabama Center for the Arts announced today nine artists to be inducted into the inaugural class of the Alabama Center for the Arts Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame was established earlier this year and furthers the mission of the Alabama Center for the Arts to provide the public with access to the highest caliber of artistic expression and cultural awareness.

The nine inductees include Wes Chapman, Tillman Crane, Emmylou Harris, Nall Hollis, Dean Jones, Bruce Larsen, the Quiltmakers of Gee’s Bend, Mildred Nungester Wolfe, and Richard Zoellner. All inductees are Alabama natives and residents who have achieved preeminence in their respective field of artistic expression.

"Calhoun is extremely excited to partner with Athens State University as we move forward in the establishment of the Alabama Center for the Arts Hall of Fame. We thank Senator Orr and others in our community for their vision in creating this venue to recognize and pay homage to Alabama artists from a myriad of genres," commented Calhoun President Dr. Jim Klauber.

Early in 2015, a steering committee consisting of Senator Arthur Orr, Athens State President Bob Glenn, Calhoun President Jim Klauber, Kim Mitchell, Wally Terry, Stratton Orr, and John Joseph led the charge to establish the Hall of Fame. This committee met to research the concept, gain initial endorsement, achieve various forms of official recognition, and establish a threshold of credibility for the concept. In August 2015 the Hall of Fame was publically announced after the initiative received legislative recognition and the endorsement of well-respected artists.

Athens State President Bob Glenn states, “These artists who are being honored represent a broad spectrum of creative expression that symbolizes the impact our State has had upon them. We are honored to herald their achievements and to have them as our inaugural inductees.”

An induction ceremony is scheduled for November 16 at 6 p.m. at the Alabama Center for the Arts. Tickets to the event are available for purchase at the Alabama Center for the Arts or online at Eventbrite.

The Alabama Center for the Arts, founded in 2012, serves as a statewide catalyst for artistic education and appreciation, while also promoting a culture of creativity throughout Alabama. It is a collaborative effort between Calhoun Community College and Athens State University.

Alabama Center for the Arts Hall of Fame Is Launched

August 12th, 2015
Decatur, Alabama

The Alabama Center for the Arts Hall of Fame has been established to recognize Alabama natives and residents who have achieved preeminence in their respective fields of artistic expression. The Hall of Fame furthers the Center's mission of providing all Alabamians with access to the highest caliber of artistic instruction and cultural awareness. The Center will continue to serve as a statewide catalyst for artistic education and appreciation, while also promoting a culture of creativity throughout Alabama.

Inductees for the 2016 induction dinner and ceremony will include Nall, Mildred Nungester Wolfe, and the Gee's Bend Quiltmakers.

The Hall of Fame has already received legislative recognition as well as the endorsement of well-respected artists:

To whom it may concern:
I am very pleased to lend my name to the list of people who will appreciate Alabama having an artistic Hall of Fame! So pleased that it may be in Decatur, one of my favorite Alabama towns. If I can be of service to this development, please do not hesitate to call or write me in Fairhope.

Nall Hollis

The Center will announce further plans for community education and enrichment in the near future at our website, http://www.alabamacenterforthearts.org/artshalloffame.

Contact Information

133 2nd Avenue NE, Decatur, AL 35601

Janet Kincherlow-Martin
Calhoun Community College
Executive Assistant to the President for Public Affairs, Community Relations, and Institutional Advancement
(256) 306-2561

Guy McClure
Athens State University
Director of Marketing, Public Relations, and Publications
(256) 233-8296

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