The 2020 Walter Cerf Medal has been awarded to Hannah Dennison for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts.
“There’s a tremendous sense of caring and unity in her projects, a great integrity and thought in her work — for the space and place and for the hundreds of dancers and nondancers involved in her productions,”
-an anonymous review panelist at the VAC
The Walter Cerf Medal is presented to individuals who have made a sustained contribution to the arts and had an impact on Vermont’s cultural life. The award is named in honor of the late philanthropist Walter Cerf whose generous gifts, exceeding $5 million, have benefited numerous Vermont institutions including the Arts Council. Mr. Cerf was instrumental in establishing the Arts Endowment at the Vermont Community Foundation, and his contributions have created a $1 million fund to assist Vermont’s artists and arts organizations.
Selected by the Council, the medals may be awarded to artists of renown or to those in a closely related field, such as philanthropy, administration, production, education, advocacy, or mentoring, according to the criteria for the Cerf Medal.