The James A. Michener Art Museum will present a memorial exhibition of the artwork of Holly Berry Huynh in the museum’s Education Gallery April 7 through 22, kicking off the Holly Berry Huynh Scholarship Endowment.
Holly called the museum her second home. She took pride in knowing about the collections, and was happy to share her excitement about the galleries with her parents, relatives, neighbors, and friends who joined her Fridays for children’s art exhibitions. As a 9-year-old, she had been looking forward to enrolling in the museum’s Fashion Design classes. She was also looking forward to giving her own tour to Groveland Elementary School classmates on their annual field trip in December 2012.
But Holly’s life was cut short in a tragic automobile accident in November 2012.
The Holly Berry Huynh Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund at the Michener Art Museum has been established by Holly’s family, friends, and hundreds of community members. Through their efforts, the fund reached the $25,000 goal and will continue to seek donations to build the endowment for scholarships.
It is a named endowed fund that will generate revenue in perpetuity. Ongoing individual donations will keep Holly’s inspiration and spirit alive in the Education Center at the James A. Michener Art Museum. Fourth-grade teachers from Groveland Elementary School have also made a contribution to help a deserving student attend a summer camp program free of charge this year.
The primary purpose of the endowment is to provide tuition assistance for students in preschool through grade 12 who demonstrate artistic ability and financial need and wish to enroll in the James A. Michener Art Museum’s art classes. All scholarship awardees are granted a one-year family membership to the Michener Art Museum so that the awardees’ family may enjoy the museum experience along with their child. The money will also be used to help organizations working with underserved populations bring their student groups to the museum.
The memorial exhibition is being curated by Ruth Anderson, Director of Youth and Family Programs at the Michener. The exhibition will feature the unveiling of a permanent installation of Holly’s artwork in the museum’s Education Center, an acrylic titled ‘Circle of Life.’ The exhibition will include several works created by Holly in the 11 classes she took at the Michener.
Her interests ranged from painting to sculpture, from drawing to mural making, and from Asian arts to comic books.