Thursday, September 23, 2010

2010 TSA Citation of Honor

TSA has awarded a 2010 Citation of Honor
to the following organizations and people: 1) Louise Hopkins Underwood, 2) the City of Fort Worth, and 3) Lawrence V. Lof. Award recipients will be recognized at a ceremony in San Antonio during the TSA Convention, Oct. 14-16, 2010.

Louise Hopkins Underwood has spent a lifetime promoting the arts and architecture, which culminated in the creation of the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts a decade ago. The center, located in downtown Lubock, was created to give local artists a place to express themselves and to allow community interaction. It has evolved into a campus that serves as a showcase for architects, artists, and landscape architects. Each project or opportunity that arises at the center is met with a collaborative effort meant to promote creative thinking in regard to the built environment.

The City of Fort Worth established the Fort Worth Public Art program in 2001 with four overall goals: 1) to create an enhanced visual environment, 2) to commemorate the city's rich cultural and ethnic diversity, 3) to integrate the design work of artists into the city's capital infrastructure improvements, and 4) to promote tourism and economic vitality in the city through the artistic design of public spaces. Through legislature, starting in 2001, the city has set aside 2% of all city Capital Improvements Program projects, including infrastructure projects, for public art. To date, over $18 million has been allocated towards public art.

Lawrence V. Lof is an assistant professor of biology at the University of Texas at Brownsville/Texas Southmost College and also serves as the director of the Historic Rehabilitation Program. He is being recognized with a TSA Citation of Honor for his achievements in preserving and restoring historic architecture in Brownsville, along with establishing preservation and restoration construction training as part of the university's curriculum.

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