Hightower To Accept Mac Arthur Goodwin Award

May 17, 2011 at 2:27 pm

Spartanburg, S.C. — University of South Carolina Upstate Associate Professor of Art Education, Dr. Mary Lou Hightower, will accept the prestigious Mac Arthur Goodwin Award from the Columbia Museum of Art at their annual meeting on May 19, 2011.

The award is made annually to a South Carolina resident who has demonstrated a sustained commitment to arts education through service and direct involvement with arts programming. Recipients have demonstrated effectiveness by facilitating programs, collaborations and initiatives that are regarded as successful and are considered innovative by their peers as well as their constituents. Recipients also demonstrate a vision for visual arts education that involves partnership and collaboration between two or more groups.

“I am very honored to receive this award. Working with museums on educational materials and providing free classes for children at the museum has added to my students’ overall experience at USC Upstate,” says Hightower.

The purpose of the award is to honor those who foster progress in visual arts education through the successful utilization of community arts resources; to create a greater awareness of the arts resources, such as museums and arts centers, within South Carolina; and to encourage collaboration among community organizations that implement visual arts programming.

The award, established in 2002, is named for Mac Arthur Goodwin, a longtime South Carolina artist and arts educator. Goodwin is known for the tremendous strides he has made in development of visual and performing arts education.

For more information, contact Dr. Mary Lou Hightower at (864) 503-5817 or mhightower@uscupstate.edu.