Monday, April 19, 2010
Director of GMOA inducted into Sigma Pi Kappa
On Friday, April 16, William U. Eiland, director of the Georgia Museum of Art, was inducted into Sigma Pi Kappa, the only national honor society focused entirely upon preservation. Founded in 1991 on the University of Georgia campus, Sigma Pi Kappa has 13 chapters across the United States.
Eiland was nominated for his efforts in identifying and preserving all aspects of creative art, in particular paintings, sculpture, and all of the decorative arts. He is also commended for his professional leadership in raising awareness and understanding of the values of art preservation as well as promoting education about the importance of art to society. One of his most significant contributions is the expansion of the Georgia Museum of Art, which will provide more space to preserve and display its growing collections.
The induction ceremony was held in the historic Demosthenian Hall on UGA’s North Campus and was followed by the “April is Preservation Month @ UGA” barbecue and the annual preservation lecture.
Chris Peterson, a member of the board of the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art, was also inducted into Sigma Pi Kappa at this time.