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Fulkerson Award for Leadership in the Arts Recipients Announced

WCMA proudly announced today the 2013 recipients of the Fulkerson Award for Leadership in the Arts: Deena Bak, Williams College, Class of 2013; and Elizabeth Rooklidge, Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art, Class of 2013. The awards, given annually, recognize an outstanding Williams senior and a second year art history graduate student for their initiative in raising awareness of the visual arts on campus and showing the characteristics of future arts leaders. Bak and Rooklidge will both have the chance to meet with a prominent leader in the arts from the Williams alumni community. They will also receive an American Association of Museums (AAM) membership for three years. The Fulkerson Fund for Leadership in the Arts was established by Allan Fulkerson, Williams College, Class of 1954.


Deena Bak, Williams ’13, Fulkerson Award Recipient, with one of her paintings.

Deena Bak is graduating from the College this June with a major in studio art. She has been an active member of the Williams arts community, working as a studio art assistant for five semesters, conducting tours as a Museum Associate at WCMA, leading painting workshops for teachers from the Berkshire area, and delivering guest lectures at WCMA. As president of WCMA’s Student Advisory Council, Bak designed a new program of free drawing classes in the museum. She has been a teaching assistant at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and intends to pursue a career in museum education. Bak is also the 2013 recipient of the Berkshire Art Association Fellowship Award. She primarily paints the macabre, as in the gruesome faces above.


Elizabeth Rooklidge, Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art ’13, Fulkerson Award Recipient

Elizabeth Rooklidge is completing her Master of Arts this June in the Williams graduate art history program. Her qualifying paper is on Wallace Berman’s Verifax collage Radio/Aether, a work from WCMA’s collection. Rooklidge’s undergraduate degree in art history is from St. Olaf College. Before coming to Williams, she held internships at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and at the Minneapolis non-profit gallery Midway Contemporary Art. Last summer, she held an internship at the Whitney Museum of American Art. She has been a curatorial intern at WCMA for the last two years. In this role, she curated the exhibition Cosmologies, which was on view last fall and featured works from the collection. Rooklidge also served on the Graduate Student Proseminar Committee, which organized a panel of museum directors to speak to students about careers in museum leadership.

Students must be nominated for the Fulkerson award and are required to write an essay on what leadership in the arts means to them. The evaluating committee is composed of members of the museum staff and Art Department faculty. The criteria for evaluation include: creativity, maturity, communication skills, and potential for future leadership. Both Bak and Rooklidge have demonstrated initiative, energy, and passion for serving the community through an engagement with art.

Please join us in congratulating today’s Fulkerson award recipients!


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