Roz Spencer Award
2017 – Gwen Hatchette
Please join the Fort Collins Museum of Art in paying tribute to Gwen Hatchette, the 2017 Roz Spencer Award recipient. Gwen was celebrated for her contributions to the museum and the arts on April 21, 2017 at the Masks Gala.
For five years the museum has honored notable supporters, who have contributed significantly to not only the museum but to the arts in Fort Collins, with the designation Masks Honorary Chair. To pay homage to the founder of the museum, the honor was renamed the Roz Spencer Award. Roz Spencer was a dynamic artistic and visionary presence in the Northern Colorado arts scene. We are deeply indebted to her creativity in conceptualizing, forming and realizing the institution that has become the Fort Collins Museum of Art. We have named this award for Roz in gratitude to her artistic spirit and for championing the vital role that the arts play in our lives.
As Hatchette, a former educator and now a fiber and collage artist, reflected on her good friend and mentor, she said, “I consider it to be a tremendous honor to be the first person to receive the Roz Spencer Award. It is important that as a piece of our community history, Roz’s contribution to the Fort Collins’ art world be acknowledged. She brought her unique gusto for life to all her endeavors, not the least of which was the founding of the Horizons Gallery, now the Fort Collins Museum of Art.
She would be so proud of the leadership place the museum holds today in Fort Collins.
Gwen Hatchette has been not only an FCMOA mask artist, but she has served on museum’s board of directors and, today, adds her tremendous talent to the museum’s education advisory board for its ART.EDU.OSITY Creative Space.
The Fort Collins Museum of Art sits among those attributes that make our city great, and we honor Gwen for her part in advancing the mission of the museum and the arts in our community. As a board member, she sought ways to make the museum financially stable while, at the same time, growing the cultural importance of the exceptional visual art that the museum brings to the community.
Thank you, Gwen Hatchette, for your vision and your stewardship.