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Three College of Fine Arts Alumni to be honored at Alumni Awards Gala


On October 12, three College of Fine Arts alumni will be honored as Medal of Merit recipients at the annual Alumni Awards Gala during Ohio University’s Homecoming.

The alumni to be honored include Joseph Becherer, a 1987 and 1990 alumnus, George Mooradian, a 1970 alumnus, and Lucy Sexton, a 1982 alumna.

“It is extraordinary, but not unexpected, that the College of Fine Arts recipients are so well represented on this year’s medal of merit awardee list,” said College of Fine Arts Interim Dean Madeleine Scott. “In 2012, the college celebrated its 75th anniversary and its ability to transform lives through the arts. The three artists recognized this year are exceptional examples of excellence.”

The Ohio University Alumni Association (OUAA) began the alumni awards program nearly 70 years ago. The evening Annual Alumni Awards Gala is one of the premiere events hosted by the OUAA. It is an opportunity to recognize and pay tribute to outstanding alumni who have been nominated for consideration by their peers and selected by the Alumni Board of Directors at their annual meeting.

The Medal of Merit is awarded to alumni who have achieved distinction in their chosen fields. This year three out of the four recipients are College of Fine Arts alumni.

“It is wonderful to have the Ohio University Alumni Association recognize our College of Fine Arts artists’ with the Medal of Merit Awards,” said Julie Zdanowicz, director of development for the College of Fine Arts. “It has been an honor to connect and engage with these alumni who have each spent several years giving back to our fine arts students.”

Joseph Becherer
Becherer is the founding director and curator of the sculpture program for the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Mich., and currently serves as chief curator and vice president of sculpture and horticulture, collections and exhibitions. Becherer is also the Lena Meijer Professor in the History of Art at Aquinas College and a mentor to students in Ohio University’s School of Art. In 2004, he was knighted by the Republic of Italy with the honor of Cavaliere dell’ Ordine al Merito for service to the arts and culture.

George Mooradian

Mooradian has been a film industry professional since 1978 and was the director of photography for “According to Jim” from 2001 through2009 and “The Bill Engvall Show” from 2007 through2009. He was nominated for four Emmy Awards for “According to Jim” and was invited to join the honorary American Society of Cinematographers. Mooradian knows the importance of motivating crewmembers to achieve excellence, and mentored film students on his film, “Bet Your Life” in Cleveland. He and wife, Visi Mooradian, live in California and have two daughters, two sons and two grandsons.

Lucy Sexton
Sexton is a producer, organizer and fundraiser for The New York Dance and Performance Awards and since 1990 has been the solo choreographer and performer as “The Factress” in “The Lucy Show.” Sexton and her performance partner Anne Iobst, a 1982 alumna, received the Outstanding Alumnae award from the College of Fine Arts in 2003 for their performance work in Dancenoise, for which they also received Bessie Awards, the Tony Award of dance, in 1989. Sexton is married to director Stephen Daldry and lives in New York with their daughter.

The 2012 Alumni Awards Gala black-tie reception and dinner will be held at Baker University Center on Oct. 12. The reception will begin at 5:30 p.m., with dinner and program at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $75 per person. For more information or to register for the event log onto http://www.ohioalumni.org/homecoming.