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Chie Curley is the recipient of the 2009 Studs Terkel Humanities Service Award.  This local “humanities hero” has been recognized for her outstanding efforts on behalf of the humanities in her community.

The award recognized Ms. Curley for her exceptional work as curator of visual art exhibitions at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, her service on Evanston’s Public Art Committee and her generous donation of a sculpture to be displayed as public art for all members of the Evanston community. 

In presenting the award, Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, at right in photo, said Ms. Curley had been the volunteer curator, with sculptor Barbara Goldsmith, for nearly 200 exhibits at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, acting with “professionalism and great enthusiasm.” In memory of her mother, Ms. Curley commissioned “Conversations,” the public art piece created by Indira Freitas Johnson, recently installed in Raymond Park.

In accepting the plaque, Ms. Curley said she was “as honored to receive the award as I was astonished to hear of it. … There are many, many things that make living in the City of Evanston a wonderful experience, and public art is one of them.”