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Arts Dean Honored With Mentor Award

Joe Arnold Receives Recognition From Ryman Arts

July 2, 2013

Joe Arnold, dean of the College of the Arts, has been awarded the Herbert D. Ryman Mentor Award from Ryman Arts, a free arts education program offered at Cal State Fullerton and Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles to talented high school artists. The award is given to individuals for their commitment to the development of young artists, said Diane Brigham, Ryman Arts executive director. It is named in honor of the late Herbert Ryman, who was the principal artist for Walt Disney. Ryman Arts was created after he passed away, and hundreds of high school students have participated in the competitive program.

“The effect the program has on young people’s lives is extraordinary,” Arnold said. “Many of these young people have no idea that a college degree is within their grasp and that they can actually forge a successful career in the visual arts. Having the program at CSUF is a great public service.”

Arnold received the award in June at the Ryman Arts graduation ceremony at the California African American Museum in Los Angeles. Students who completed the program at CSUF last semester were among the graduates, and their artworks are on display at the museum through July 9. For more information about the program, visit the Ryman Arts website.

By: Mimi Ko Cruz, 657-278-7586

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