Award + Auction Party | October 20, 2011 | Chicago
The 2011 Mary T. Wolfe Catalyst Award

Awarded to Lois Weisberg | Presented by Terri Hemmert | Award created by Joyce Owens

Thursday, October 20, 2011 | 6 - 9 pm
School of the Art Institute Ballroom | 112 South Michigan Avenue


Lois Weisberg

Lois Weisberg, former Commissioner of Cultural Affairs, City of Chicago

About Lois Weisberg

Appointed by the late Mayor Harold Washington, Lois Weisberg served as Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs from 1989 until 2011. In this role, Lois was as a member of the Mayor’s cabinet and supervised a municipal department that is charged with making the arts accessible to all and with promoting the City of Chicago through its distinguished and diverse art and cultural attractions. Lois’s many accomplishments include establishing the Chicago Cultural Center, making Chicago a national model in cultural tourism through cultural exchanges, initiating public art exhibitions such as Cows on Parade, developing Chicago Neighborhood Tours, creating the Chicago Coalition of Community Cultural Centers, Gallery 37, the Chicago Sister Cities International Program and many other nationally known initiatives. Prior to being appointed Commissioner, Lois served as the Mayor’s Assistant for Special Projects, as Director of the Mayor’s Office of Special Events where her initiatives included Taste of Chicago, the Chicago Blues Festival, the Chicago Gospel Festival, citywide neighborhood festivals, and the Chicago Holiday Sharing It Program. She is the recipient of numerous local and national awards including an award for extraordinary support and service to theatre in Chicago, the League of Women Voters Civic Contribution Award, Governing Magazine’s Public Official of the Year Award, the Harold Washington History Maker Award, the Chicago Tribute “Chicagoan of the Year” award, and many others.


Mary T. Wolfe

Mary T. Wolfe, philanthropist

About the Mary T. Wolfe Catalyst Award

The Mary T. Wolfe Catalyst Award honors its namesake by recognizing individuals who have had an outstanding impact on artists and the arts in their communities; who have dedicated extraordinary time, resources, and energy on behalf of artists; and who have inspired policy and philanthropy in support of the arts.

Named for former Alliance of Artists Communities' Trustee and Ohio native Mary Wofe, the award is also a testament to Mary's legacy. The impact Mary Wolfe has had on the arts is profound. As an advocate, supporter, leader and shaper of arts policy, Mary is truly a catalyst for changing the face of the arts community in Ohio and beyond. Mary is also committed to furthering the success of individual artists. An artist herself, Mary's position as an Art History teacher at Bowling Green State University allowed her the opportunity to meet and help students on an individual level, as well as create a scholarship that supports students in many areas of the arts. Through her roles as a volunteer and board member for the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo, the University of Toledo, the Maumee Valley Country Day School, the National Committee of the Whitney Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Ohio Arts Council ,and the Alliance of Artists Communities, Mary has created a tremendous artistic legacy and has become a leading voice for arts support across the state of Ohio, the region, and the country.

Terri Hemmert

Terri Hemmert, radio personality, WXRT

About Terri Hemmert

Terri Hemmert has been at WXRT for over 30 years. Starting as overnight announcer and Public Affairs Director in 1973, Terri became the first female morning drive personality in Chicago in 1981. Prior to joining WXRT, Hemmert was an air personality at WCMF in Rochester, NY and also served as program coordinator for WGLD (currently WVAZ) in Chicago. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Peace Museum, Facets Multimedia, and other not-for-profit groups. She teaches the History of Rock and Soul in the broadcasting department of Columbia College Chicago, where she has taught for 30 years, and was an advisor at the student radio station, WCRX. She volunteers with the Inner City Teaching Corps, Latin School of Chicago, and other schools, teaching classes on the Roots of Rap, Women in Music, Classical Music’s influence on Rock and Soul and other musical topics. Terri works on music education programs with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and co-hosts The Classic Encounter Series. She serves on the advisory board of WRSE-FM (the Elmhurst College student radio station.) She is also an active volunteer with the AIDS Pastoral Care Network and St. Clement Catholic Church. Hemmert has hosted Chicago’s Fest For Beatles Fans for nearly 30 years. In her spare time, she loves surfing the net, reading, listening to music, living with two dogs and two cats, and visiting her family in Ohio. Terri Hemmert resides in Chicago and is a graduate of Elmhurst College with a bachelor of arts in speech.

Joyce Owens

Joyce Owens, artist

About Joyce Owens

Joyce Owens is a painter and creator of sculptural works and masks. Owens earned an MFA from Yale University and a BFA at Howard University. A professor of painting and drawing at Chicago State University, she also curates for the two on-campus galleries. Owens has served as a juror at the Museum of Science and Industry, The DuSable Museum, Woman Made Gallery, Women's Caucus for Art, and The New East Side Art Fair. She has served on the Advisory Committee for the Department of Cultural Affair’s Chicago Artists Month since 2002 and is on the Advisory Board of Woman Made Gallery in Chicago. Owens is also an associate editor for The Journal of African American History.





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