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Service Awards: Katherine Hart Receives the Sheila Culbert Distinguished Employee Service Award

Hood Quarterly, autumn/winter 2009-10

The recipient of the 2009 Sheila Culbert Distinguished Employee Service Award is Katherine Hart, who serves as Associate Director and Barbara C. and Harvey P. Hood 1918 Curator of Academic Programming at the Hood Museum of Art.

Brian Kennedy, Director of the Hood Museum of Art, said Hart “has been dedicated to creating opportunities for faculty and students at Dartmouth College to engage with works of art.” She is described as “an art historian to her fingertips . . . and a quiet force, someone who is constantly available, humble, and selfless.”

In recognizing Kathy Hart as the recipient of the Culbert Award, the selection committee members were impressed with her willingness to think outside the box; her influence on teaching at Dartmouth College; her extension of her role beyond that of curator to proactively serve the community both locally and nationally; her collaboration with students, interns, faculty, staff, and artists; her establishment of a national presence for academic programming at college museums; and her expansion of the Hood Museum of Art’s reach.

The Sheila Culbert Distinguished Employee Service Award was established in 2008 by President James Wright and Susan DeBevoise Wright. This award recognizes a staff member who has made a difference to the College and to his or her colleagues; demonstrates a commitment to the highest work ethic and exemplary work performance; is both selfless and unwavering in dedication to the institution; and is relentless in pursuit of excellence.

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