Chair of Arts Board wins coveted award

June 2, 2011

Photograph courtesy of Celebrate WA

The Chair of Murdoch University's Art Board, Alan Dodge AM, has received the 2011 Western Australian Citizen of the Year Arts, Culture and Entertainment Award.

Well-known for his time as Director of the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Mr Dodge has served on the Murdoch Art Board since 2008 and commenced as the Chair of the Board in 2009.

Celebrate WA Chairman John Poynton AM CitWA said the awards night offered a great opportunity to recognise those contributing to WA.

“Mr Dodge is a truly deserving award recipient whose dedication and commitment to the arts is highly impressive,” he said.

Before moving to Perth, Mr Dodge held a senior position at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra for 18 years. In his 11 years as Director of the Art Gallery of Western Australia he raised the profile of the WA’s leading arts institution within government and with the local community.

Mr Dodge continues to promote collaboration and entrepreneurship in the arts and through numerous projects has boosted tourism, culture, community development and the revitalisation of Perth city.

As well as maintaining national involvement on a number of boards and committees, his ongoing service to the local arts community continues through the positions he holds on the Perth International Arts Festival, Perth Convention Bureau and the Art Boards of three Western Australian universities.

This isn’t the first time Mr Dodge has been recognised for his extraordinary contribution to the arts in Australia, having been made a member of the Order of Australia in 2010 and previously a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres in France.

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