Chancellor's Award for Excellence

Recipients of the 2013 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Philanthropy, the Kuykendall’s were recognized for their significant impact on the growth and support of the arts at Columbia State and its surrounding communities.

John Morgan, chancellor of the Tennessee Board of Regents, presented the award to the Kuykendall’s, saying that their lasting influence and generosity will forever impact the development and support of the arts at Columbia State and its surrounding communities.

“It is through individuals like Sam and Lucy that this college will continue to provide a place for students and the community to grow and learn for many years to come,” Morgan said.

Mrs. Kuykendall served as the curator of the Pryor Art Gallery from 2001-2012, using her passion and vision to lay the foundation for the arts at Columbia State. She also partnered with area elementary and high school art teachers to provide opportunities for local budding artists to display their work for a student exhibit every spring.

The Kuykendall’s have also donated personal resources to develop the gallery’s design and exhibits, bringing a wide variety of artists to the gallery to showcase sculpture, pottery, wood working, glass and other media.

“The Kuykendall’s have given their time and resources over the past decade to provide opportunities to broaden and enrich lives through the visual arts,” Smith said. “They are well deserving of this honor.”

In 2008, the Kuykendall’s expanded the visual arts at Columbia State to include the envisioned sculpture garden, which now permanently showcases “The Crossings” and “The Graduate,” two stainless steel sculptures commissioned by Chattanooga based sculptor, Isaac Duncan.
 “The passion, vision, hard work and financial contributions of Dr. and Mrs. Kuykendall will reap great benefit for our students and have a lasting impact in our community well into the future,” Smith said.

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