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Thursday July 23, 2020

Piedmont Arts will honor Dr. Barry Dorsey and Triangle Electric at the 18th annual Clyde Hooker Awards on Thursday, August 20, 2020 at the museum.

Dr. Dorsey is a pillar of the Martinsville-Henry County community. He has served as Interim Head of Carlisle School and was the Founding Executive Director of New College Institute (NCI), where he worked with public and private colleges and universities across the commonwealth to bring 18 degree and certificate programs to NCI. Dr. Dorsey has served three terms on the Piedmont Arts Board of Directors, chaired the museum’s Annual Giving Campaign and volunteered countless hours in support of the arts and arts education in Martinsville-Henry County.

“Barry’s dedication to Piedmont Arts is unwavering,” said Executive Director Heidi Pinkston. “He believes that the arts build communities and has worked tirelessly to support the arts and arts education in our community through Piedmont Arts, NCI, TheatreWorks and many other organizations.”

Triangle Electric Corporation has been providing professional electrical services to Martinsville-Henry County and the surrounding areas for 55 years. Triangle's mission is to provide safe, efficient, reliable and cost effective electrical services, while meeting and exceeding the needs and expectations of their customers. For more than 20 years, Triangle has supported Piedmont Arts through low-cost electrical work, allowing the museum to focus funds on arts-based programs for the community. In 2019, Triangle worked with Solid Stone Fabrics and Piedmont Arts to create the museum’s new sign. Triangle also recently worked with the Henry County Department of Public Safety to upgrade the lighting system at its first responders training facility, allowing fire and EMS students to safely train at night.

“Triangle is a long-time friend of the arts,” said Pinkston. “They have supported Piedmont Arts for many years, and are generous friends of the community, donating their time and financial support to local causes.”

Piedmont Arts will also recognize Arts in Education Award recipients Sandy Strayer, superintendent of Henry County Public Schools, and Dr. Zebedee Talley, Jr., superintendent of Martinsville City Public Schools; as well as the recipients of the Harold Knowlton Work Memorial Arts Scholarship Breanna Ferguson and Caitlyn Kidd.

The awards ceremony will begin promptly at 5:30 pm. Guests are invited to enjoy a reception with light refreshments following the ceremony. In lieu of an admission cost, guests may make a donation to Piedmont Arts’ scholarship fund. To make a donation, visit PiedmontArts.org.

Attendance is limited. Please RSVP to 276.632.3221 or online at PiedmontArts.org by August 18, 2020.

About the Clyde Hooker Award
The Clyde Hooker Award was established in 2003 by the Piedmont Arts Board of Directors to recognize businesses and individuals that are involved in and support Piedmont Arts and other arts and cultural organizations in Martinsville-Henry County. The award is named in honor of J. Clyde Hooker, Jr. for his support of the arts.

Tags: Art, Henry County, Martinsville, Martinsville Uptown, Museums, Piedmont Arts