Alumni Bring Home Area Arts Awards

Five Case Western Reserve University alumni were among the 13 individuals honored this summer with Cleveland Arts Prizes. Marcie Goodman, a 1977 graduate of Western Reserve College, and executive director of the Cleveland International Film Festival, was awarded the Robert P. Bergman Prize, a special honor named for the late director of the Cleveland Museum of Art.

The prize is given only occasionally and reserved for those individuals whose lives and work are devoted to creating a democratic vision of the arts.

"I am deeply humbled by, and appreciative of, this honor in Bob's memory and all that it represents for the Cleveland International Film Festival," Goodman says.

The other Case Western Reserve graduates were presented with the Martha Joseph Prize for Distinguished Service to the Arts. They were the only recipients of the award. The honorees were:

  • Marsha Dobrzynski, a 1996 graduate of the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences and executive director of Young Audiences of Northeast Ohio
  • Natalie Epstein, a 1949 graduate of Flora Stone Mather College and a 1974 graduate studies alumna, founder of the Friends of Eldred Theater and a longtime supporter of the arts at Case Western Reserve and Cleveland
  • Tom Hinson, a 1976 graduate studies alumnus, who recently retired after serving the Cleveland Museum of Art for more than 30 years as associate curator of modern and contemporary art
  • Grace Lee Mims, a 1953 graduate of the School of Information and Library Science, who has spent 35 years as host, producer and developer of WCLV's The Black Arts, a radio broadcast featuring African American composers and performers