BJ Lawrence, Dr. Jeffrey Huberman and Phil Nemy
2011 ArtsPartner of the Year Awarded to Dr. Jeffrey Huberman
ArtsPartners of Central Illinois, Inc. presented Dr. Jeffrey Huberman, Dean of Slane College of Communications and Fine Arts at Bradley University, with the 2011 ArtsPartner of the Year Award at their Annual Meeting on October 5 at The Waterhouse in downtown Peoria. Huberman was honored with the award for his many years of outstanding leadership and dedication to the university’s arts programs during his tenure there.
Huberman has distinguished himself as a visionary, a collaborator, and an energizing leader for the fine arts. He has been actively involved in the arts for over thirty-five years in the field of higher education assuming roles as teacher, administrator, stage director, producer and author.
Bradley University has benefitted from his guidance since he assumed the role of Dean in 1996. Under his leadership, the Slane College has expanded programs and facilities to include the Department of Art, Communication, Interactive Media, Music and Theatre Arts. He oversees six major facilities designed under his supervision to service students and faculty in the college with cutting-edge technology and state-of-the-art classrooms.
Huberman has served on the International Council of Fine Arts Deans on the board of directors, chair of the technology committee, and coordinator for numerous workshops. He serves on the board of directors for Arts Alliance Illinois. He co-chairs the Deans and Chairs Subcommittee of the Professional Development Committee for the Association of Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE). He has served on the board of directors for WTVP, Contemporary Arts Center, ArtsPartners of Central Illinois, Inc., Illinois Broadcasters Association and Peoria Next Discovery Forums.
Because of his dedication, vision and enthusiasm in building and advocating for the arts, Huberman exemplifies what it truly is to be a partner to the arts.
Past winners of the ArtsPartner of the Year Award include Jim Maloof (2001); Jim Thrush (2002); Arts Alive! Magazine published by Central Illinois Business Publishers (2003); WTVP-47 (2004); The Peoria Park District (2005); Sally Page of Lakeview Museum (2006); Nita Sunderland (2007); Dr. George and Norma Kottemann (2008); Illinois Central College Department of Arts & Communication and Kathy Chitwood of Eastlight Theatre (2009); and Vic Burnett (2010).