Art Museum recognizes nine Exceptional Leaders in awards ceremony

Each year at the annual Art Museum Membership meeting and reception held in April, the museum staff recognizes the significant contributions of volunteers, students, faculty, and community partners who played key roles in the successes of the past year and beyond.

Thank you and a huge congratulations goes out to the following recipients!


Our Faculty Leader of the Year award is presented to Dr. Andew Casper, Professor of Art and Architecture History at Miami University. Dr. Casper is a strong supporter of the Art Museum and our engagement with students in the Department of Art. In particular, he provides great support through the Capstone exhibition course, ART 498D, while also serving on our exhibitions committee. We are looking forward to continuing our work with Dr. Casper for many years into the future and thank him for his service in support of the Art Museum! 


The Volunteer of the Year award was presented to Susan Joyce for significant contributions as Docents’ Co-President and in leading the initiative for Docent Drop-In Saturday tours at the Art Museum. Alongside co-president Sue Momeyer and other docents, Susan has worked tirelessly to make a difference, especially in helping us engage with new audiences.


The Community Partner of the Year was awarded to Mandi Reed of Union County High School. Mandi Reed, art educator at Union County High School in Indiana, with the support of Prof. Stepanie Danker and her ART 195 students, Art Museum Preparator/Building Manager David Dotson and myself, was instrumental in developing an innovative 3D printing pilot program with the creation of individual artworks by her students.


Student Leader awards were given to six individuals who have contributed significantly to the Art Museum in varied capacities over multiple years. All exhibit strong leadership in support of the arts and the Art Museum, and are soon to graduate from Miami University.

Jillian Bihl is a student assistant and social media strategist for the Art Museum. Jillian helped launch our TikTok account and is part of the digital content team, playing a key role in increasing our engagement on social media, and our video content viewership from less than 5,000 to close to 25,000

Logan Bowers has served as a collections intern, curatorial intern, Arts Management intern, as student representative of our steering committee, and as a student assistant in support of visitor services. 

Olivia De Leon has served as a Student Assistant in support of Visitor Services, as an Art Education Intern assisting with many programs and events, and as a member of the Art Museum’s  DEA&I committee.

Laila Haidar has served as a curatorial intern, a collections intern, contributed to the current Capstone exhibition, and also served as a student assistant helping with exhibition installation and artwork preparation.  

Zoe Neubig has served as a curatorial intern, contributed to the 2021-2022 Capstone exhibition and also served as a volunteer intern in exhibition preparation

Mary Visco has served as a collections intern, a curatorial intern, worked on additional collections projects related to Atelier 17 artists, and contributed to the Art and Architecture History Capstone exhibition.

Thank you and CONGRATULATIONS to all of our award recipients!