Trustees Award 2006


Russell Carrier, President of the Board of Trustees, presents the Trustees' Award to Elliot Offner. (November 12, 2006)

On November 12, 2006, the Trustees of Forbes Library bestowed their highest honor on artist and library supporter, Elliot Offner. The Ceremony took place on Sunday, November 12th, at 2:00PM in the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Museum at Forbes Library.

Each year the Trustees of Forbes Library present their Trustees Award to a member of the community who has made significant contributions to the library by donating his or her time, expertise, and creativity.

This year's Trustees Award recipient is well-known local artist and Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities at Smith College, Elliot Offner. Mr. Offner, who has been an enthusiastic Forbes patron for decades, allowed his work to make up the inaugural exhibit for the library's recently renovated Hosmer Art Gallery. Mr. Offner then generously donated four of his sculptures to Forbes. The freestanding bronzes, Double Whale and Kite are on display in the library's Arts & Music Department. A small bronze Cambridge Pheasant and a bronze bas-relief Thomae Mori, are on the main floor. Earlier donations, a woodcut titled Mendenhall Porcupine is on display in the library's children's department and a woodcut titled Trees on Hampstead Heath hangs in the Arts & Music Department.

The Trustees Award was presented to Mr. Offner at a ceremony and reception held in the Coolidge Museum at Forbes Library on November 12th, with approximately 80 friends and admirers attending. A highlight of the gathering was an illustrated slide talk by Trustee Peter Rowe and Mr. Offner showing a retrospective of his work.