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April 28, 2009: Coral Springs Museum of Art receives Moretti Award

The Cultural Foundation of Broward will present the Moretti Award to the Coral Springs Museum of Art and Executive Director Barbara O’Keefe on Friday, May 15 at Pier 66 in Fort Lauderdale.

The award is given annually and recognizes outstanding artistic achievement by an individual or group in any creative discipline of the arts. Each year, nominations are solicited from the public.

The Coral Springs Museum of Art held its opening exhibition in February 1997. Since then it has exhibited national, international and Florida artists, served 2,500 students annually in a variety of art classes, developed programs for senior and minority youth and much more.

One of the Museum’s unique programs is Artist in Residence, which allows artists to create sculptures, murals and art with the participation of the public. Artists who participated in this program include Peter King, Perez Celis and Lothar Nickel to name a few. In May, Romero Britto will join the list of renown artists to partake in this program.

"I am pleased to see the Coral Springs Museum of Art recognized and honored with the Moretti Award.  To receive this award for the Museum, and also personally, is quite overwhelming and humbling," O’Keefe said.

Previous Moretti winners include George Bolge, Duane Hanson, Judy Drucker, James Judd and Dalva Duarte and the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.

The award, created in the early 1980s, was designed by abstract French sculptor Henry E. Moretti. For more information or for a full list of previous winners, please visit

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