October 26, 2015

Marlene Grissom receives 2015 James Welch Sr. Arts Award

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Fund for the Arts and Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC presented Marlene Grissom with the 2015 James Welch Sr. Arts Award on Friday evening at the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft.

Christen Boone (President & CEO, Fund for the Arts), Marlene Grissom (2015 Winner) and Kendrick Riggs (Vice-Chairman, Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC)

“Marlene’s years of service have helped shape and made a lasting impact on our thriving Arts landscape,” said SKO’s Vice Chair Kendrick R. Riggs. “Stoll Keenon Ogden is proud to recognize her as this year’s recipient of the James Welch Sr. Arts Award.”

“Fund for the Arts is pleased to continue this award to recognize volunteer leaders integral to the vision, success and sustainability of our extraordinary Arts community,” said Fund for the Arts President and CEO Christen Boone. 

As director of special projects for the Waterfront Development Corporation, Grissom led a successful $40 million fundraising campaign for the Waterfront Park, curated the park’s public art and administered the LED lighting system on the Big Four Bridge.

A tireless community volunteer, Grissom’s board service includes the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft (chair), Louisville Ballet, Louisville Science Center, J.B. Speed Art Museum, Metro Committee on Public Art, Fund for the Arts, Scenic Kentucky (chair), Art Center Association, Gallopalooza, Channel 15 and KET (chair). She chaired the Louisville Ballet’s capital fund drive and the capital campaign for the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft.

She is also a member of the Appraisers Association of America, the University of Pennsylvania Trustees Council, Group of 100 Women and Junior League of Louisville. Grissom was recognized with the “Star” award for accomplishments in the arts from the Pleiades Theatre Company and was chosen as a Woman of Distinction by The Center for Women and Families.

The James Welch Sr. Arts Award is named in honor of a founding member of Stoll Keenon Ogden’s legacy law firm. Welch’s decades of guidance and support helped shape the vibrant Louisville’s Arts community of today. Presented annually, the award recognizes an individual who has made a substantial impact to Louisville and the regional Arts community through volunteerism and leadership.

Previous recipients include: Carl M. Thomas, executive director, Gheens Foundation, Inc.; Nana Lampton, CEO, Hardscuffle Inc.; Todd Lowe, president and founder, Parthenon LLC; Morton Boyd, board chair, Stage One; and Tom Noland, senior VP of corporate communications, Humana Inc.

Previous Welch Award winners with Christen Boone and Kendrick Riggs.

About Fund for the Arts
The Fund for the Arts builds a stronger community by investing in world-class Arts organizations, driving collaborative initiatives and fueling innovative arts-in-education programs throughout the region. A national leader in corporate partnerships; helping business and creative find a unified voice, a more educated workforce, and attract talent through the Arts. The annual Fund for the Arts campaign has generated more than $196 million for the Arts since its establishment in 1949. More than 20,000 donors contribute to the campaign each year. For more information, visit fundforthearts.com.

About Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC
Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC provides diverse legal services to local, national and international clients. With more than 140 attorneys, SKO has offices in Louisville, Lexington and Frankfort, KY, as well as Evansville, IN, and Greater Pittsburgh, PA. SKO prides itself on its commitment to both client success and community engagement. For more information, visit skofirm.com.