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originally published: 02/27/2024

The Newark Museum of Art Announces Honorees for Art Ball 2024

(LEFT) Nancy Cantor (RIGHT) Willie Cole

(NEWARK, NJ) — Linda C. Harrison, Director and CEO of The Newark Museum of Art (NMOA), announced that Chancellor Nancy Cantor and artist Willie Cole will be the distinguished honorees at Art Ball 2024 on Saturday, May 4th. The Art Ball is an annual signature gala at NMOA honoring leaders whose visionary creativity, generosity, and advocacy have advanced the Museum and the broader community in Newark and New Jersey.

“I am thrilled to acknowledge the vision, imagination of courage this year’s honorees, who have used their incredible talents to elevate and engage our community. Nancy Cantor and Willie Cole exemplify the civic engagement that drives the greater Newark community and rests at the heart of the Museum’s mission.”

Dr. Nancy Cantor, Chancellor of Rutgers University–Newark and Distinguished Professor of Psychology has championed higher education’s responsibility as a civic partner and as an engine for racial equity and growth. Dr. Cantor has reenergized the university’s presence in the community and has taken a collaborative, solutions- oriented approach to integrating Rutgers with the city of Newark and embracing its people, its challenges and its considerable strengths. She is known nationally for innovation in higher education, in the field of psychology and as a noted champion for women and for inclusion and diversity.

Dr. Cantor will receive the inaugural Beatrice Winser Award. Born 50 years before women had the right to vote in the U.S., Beatrice Winser helped establish both the Newark Public Library and The Newark Museum of Art and served as a trustee of Dana College and the University of Newark – precursors to Rutgers University-Newark. Largely unsung, Winser was a pioneer in the field of library and information science and fought for greater access for women in education and public

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