Americans for the Arts and the Business Committee for the Arts (BCA) Executive Board are pleased to announce this year's BCA Leadership Award and Hall of Fame honorees.
Frederic C. Hamilton, chairman of Denver-based Hamilton Oil Companies LLC and chairman emeritus of the Denver Art Museum, will receive the 2014 BCA Leadership Award, given to a business leader who has shown strong support of the arts. In addition, Deere & Company (Moline, IL) will receive induction into the BCA Hall of Fame, bestowed to a company who continues to forge outstanding arts partnerships. Deere was a past BCA 10 honoree in 2005. Samuel R. Allen, CEO of Deere & Company, will accept the award on the company's behalf. Both awards, nominated and voted by the BCA Executive Board, will be administered at the BCA 10: Best Businesses Partnering with the Arts in America Gala on October 1, 2014 in New York City. Please join us in celebrating these tremendous arts partners!
About the BCA 10:
Every year, Americans for the Arts, through the Business Committee for the Arts (BCA), recognizes ten U.S. companies for their exceptional commitment to the arts through grants, local partnerships, volunteer programs, matching gifts, sponsorships and board membership. 2014 BCA 10 nominations are currently under review by the BCA 10 judging panel. A formal announcement of the 2014 honoree slate will be made in June. For information on the BCA 10, including sponsorship information and details on purchasing an advertisement in the event program to celebrate these incredible arts partners, visit AmericansForTheArts.org/BCA.
About Frederic C. Hamilton:
Frederic C. Hamilton founded Hamilton Oil Corporation in the late 1960s and built it into an international oil company. He is now chairman of The Hamilton Companies, which is active in venture capital, private equity, oil and gas, real estate, mortgage lending, securities and acquisitions operations. He has been called one of America’s oil pioneers.
A Denver Arts Museum (DAM) board member since 1977 and chairman since 1994 (now chairman emeritus), Hamilton has played an integral role in the realization of the DAM’s expansion and in their institutional growth and sustainability, leading both of its endowment campaigns. In January 2014, Hamilton bequeathed a gift of 22 paintings worth more than $100 million to DAM, nearly tripling the size of its Impressionist collection. It is the largest donation in the museum’s history. The breadth of donated works, which increases the museum's tally of Monet canvases to six, makes this one of the strongest Impressionist collections in the West. Hamilton remains an avid art collector and arts supporter.
Hamilton was recently awarded National Western’s 2014 Citizen of the West. The award, sponsored by the National Western Stock Show, was bestowed to him for his leadership in philanthropy. He is singularly responsible for the development of the arts in Denver—from not only the DAM, but also the cultural complex of Denver, including the Clyfford Still Museum. Hamilton serves as a member of the Trustee’s Council of the National Gallery of Art and Trustee Emeritus of the Smithsonian Institution, both in Washington, D.C. He also serves as a director of the Board of Trustees of the Clyfford Still Museum, the Boy Scouts of America and Denver-based Graland Country Day School, and leads the endowment for the Boys and Girls Club of Denver.
About Deere & Company:
Deere & Company is the leading manufacturer of agricultural machinery in the world. The company supports the arts as part of its strategic goal to enhance quality of life and to be in a better position to attract and retain employees in the many communities in which it operates worldwide.
Deere’s support of the arts began in 1884 when the company underwrote the Deere Cornet Band, comprised of employee musicians who performed for fellow employees and the community. The company began a corporate art collection in 1964 by commissioning Reflections for an Era by Alexander Girard, now on display in the company’s headquarters. The collection and the company’s Eero Saarinen designed buildings on its Moline campus are enjoyed by employees and their families and thousands of community members. Deere now supports myriad arts and cultural institutions and arts festivals throughout Illinois. In addition, Deere employees provide countless volunteer hours annually by serving on the boards of arts organizations. Deere also provides grants, marketing and advertising support, as well as in-kind assistance to arts organizations large and small in its operating communities.
Deere’s support of the arts has helped the company build employee and customer loyalty, encouraged other businesses to follow its lead and continues to enrich the arts and the quality of life in many communities throughout the United States and the world.