Golloway to be honored for arts contributions

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By The Staff

In recognition of a lifetime of dedication and support of the visual arts, Zoe Golloway, arts activist, founder and former director of Gadsden Art Center, will be honored at the LeMoyne Art & Soul Celebration Sept. 24 at the University Center Club.

Golloway’s vision was to turn a singular art exhibition event in Gadsden County into a continuing exhibition arts center which would feature local artists, provide outreach and education to the local school systems and provide a cultural venue for an area of widely-diverse residents. Its original location, a small church, was replaced when Mark Bates asked if there was interest in his hardware store on the square in Quincy.  The rest is history.

In her nomination for the award, Terrie Corbett wrote of Golloway, “Zoe’s leadership, enthusiasm and bravery played a major role in showcasing regional and national artists, as well as mounting exhibitions that both challenged and delighted all.  Zoe has strengthened our region through arts development and education. She has rallied artists and citizens in support of our cultural institutions, and she has honored our community with her great heart and vision She embodies the spirit of this award.”

The Richard L. Puckett Patron of the Arts Award honors a person, business or organization that has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to the visual arts in the Tallahassee/Leon County area through innovative, community or sustained support of artistic activity. The selection of the winner of the Patron of the Arts Award is conducted by a five-member jury chosen by LeMoyne Center for the Visual Arts from among members of the arts community, representing a cross-selection of visual art disciplines who vote by secret ballot.