The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU Honors Dennis Scholl with the 2017 Art Transforms Award

The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU Honors Dennis Scholl with the 2017 Art Transforms Award

This year’s Art Transforms Benefactor Impact event at the Frost Art Museum FIU held on May 13th, drew Miami's leading arts patrons and cultural leaders.

“The Frost Art Museum FIU has served as a cultural beacon for four decades, bringing new cultural experiences to generations of art lovers, students, patrons and visitors from all over the world,” said the museum’s Director, Dr. Jordana Pomeroy, at the recent Benefactor Impact event. “We believe that art transforms lives, and this is why Dennis Scholl has been selected by the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU as our honoree for the Art Transforms award.”

As an alumnus of Florida International University (class of '77), Scholl’s first museum experience was at the original location on campus 40 years ago, when he was a young student at FIU – the year the museum was founded. “His passion for the arts and philanthropy serve as an inspiration for our museum benefactors, and for the community,” Pomeroy added.

Honoree Scholl spoke passionately at the event about how his life was transformed after walking into the campus museum that day. Since then, the Emmy award-winning filmmaker and his wife, Debra, have become nationally renowned champions of the arts, recognized for their support of art and artists, and are holders of the largest private collection of Aboriginal art in the United States.

The art museum's patrons, Patricia & Phillip Frost, joined Dr. Pomeroy in honoring Dennis Scholl alongside Dr. Kenneth Furton (FIU’s Provost), and Daniel Perron (the museum’s Board Chair).

The Scholls also invited guests on a personal tour of the exhibition Marking the Infinite: Contemporary Women Artists from Aboriginal Australia, drawn from their own collection, which will continue its national tour after headlining at the Frost Art Museum FIU.

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