In honor of their meritorious service and contribution to the arts, the University of Utah College of Fine Arts Alumni Association will recognize ceramist Dorothy Bearnson and lifetime patron of the arts Skip Daynes.
Bearnson, a ceramics professor at the U for 51 years, will receive an outstanding alumnus award, and Daynes, owner of Daynes Music, will be awarded honorary alumnus status.The award ceremony will be Tuesday, April 13, at 4 p.m. in the Utah Museum of Fine Arts on campus.
A native of Salt Lake City, Bearnson is a nationally renowned artist, scholar and contributor to the development of ceramic art in the western United States. In addition to organizing and teaching many of the state's first pottery seminars and workshops, she also organized the first exhibition and regional conference of the America Crafts Council. Bearnson was the first Utah recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant.
Credited with founding the U's ceramics program, the 77-year-old artist/teacher is retiring at the close of the 1998-99 academic year, marking her 51st year at the university.
Bearnson's body of work has been exhibited in galleries and shows across the North America. Most recently a collection of her work appeared in "Heroes, Icons, History and Memory," an exhibition of fellows and honorary members of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts.
Daynes is a lifetime supporter of the performing arts in Utah. Founder and lifetime member of the U's Fine Arts Advisory Board, Daynes is the former president of the Salt Lake Rotary Club, member of the Salt Lake and Murray Chambers of Commerce and sits on the Ballet West, Utah Opera, and Utah Music Dealers Association boards.
He has been involved in the organization of the Gina Bachauer Piano Competition since its early stages, donating a Steinway grand piano each year. Daynes is also working to provide the U. music department's new Gardner Hall facilities with Steinway pianos.
While working with Robert Rice to raise $2.1 million for Utah's new opera building, Daynes also raised nearly $300,000 through Steinway benefit sales for the Utah Symphony, Utah State University, Dixie Regional Medical Center and the Grand Teton Music Festival.