The American Association of Museums announced that Bonnie Pitman ’68, the Eugene McDermott Director of the Dallas Museum of Art, is the recipient of its Award for Distinguished Service to Museums for 2011. Pitman received the award May 25.
According to an AAM news release, the award recognizes “sustained excellence and unusual service by an individual with at least 20 years experience in the field. Criteria include the individual’s cumulative contribution to his/her institution, the museum profession and the larger museum community. This award is not necessarily given annually.”
“Few individuals in the last half century have made such an imprint on museums in America as has Bonnie Pitman,” AAM board chairman Douglas Myers said in the release. “Through her selfless service, her scholarship, her innovative thinking, her mentoring and overall leadership, Bonnie has set a standard the rest of us in the museum world can only strive to achieve.”
Pitman graduated from Sweet Briar with a Bachelor of Arts in art history and earned her master’s at Tulane University. She announced last month that she is stepping down from her position at the Dallas Museum for health reasons.