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December 10, 2012
Jane Werner honored as Distinguished Museum Director by the Westmoreland Museum of American Art
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Property of Westmoreland Museum of American Art GREENSBURG, PA - Westmoreland Museum of American Art honored the Childrens Museum of Pittsburgh Executive Director Jane Werner with the 2012 Gold Medal as Distinguished Museum Director. The medal was presented at the Museum during the annual meeting of the Westmoreland Society on Friday, December 7, 2012. Westmoreland Society is a membership group, now in its twenty-seventh year, dedicated to the collection, conservation and advancement of American art.

About Jane Werner
Jane Werners 30 years of museum experience includes 22 years at the Childrens Museum of Pittsburgh where she served as Program Director, Deputy Director and Executive Director. Werner is responsible for all aspects of the Museums mission and vision, exhibits, public programming, funding and operations.

The Childrens Museum of Pittsburgh expanded in November 2004 after the completion of a $29M capital campaign. The project gained a Silver LEED certification from the US Green Building Council and was the recipient of the 2006 American Institute of Architects National Award and 2006 National Trust for Historic Preservation Award. The Museum received the 2009 National Medal from the Institute of Museum and Library Services for its work in the community and in 2011 the Childrens Museum of Pittsburgh was named one of the top ten childrens museums in the country by Parents Magazine. Last summer, the Museum opened the Buhl Community Park, a collaboration between the Museum and the City of Pittsburgh.

Prior to her tenure at the Childrens Museum of Pittsburgh, Werner worked for the Franklin Institute Science Museum, The Carnegie Science Center and The Buhl Science Center. She ran her own exhibit design firm whose clients included The Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania, The Franklin Institute & Beechwood Nature Reserve and The Scientific Discovery Museum.

Werner currently is President of the Association of Childrens Museums. She sits on the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council Board, New Hazlett Theater Board and on the advisory boards of the Forbes Fund, Kids and Creativity Working Group, Fred Rogers Center and Winchester Thurston School.

Past Distinguished Gold Medal Recipients
1987 John Barclay, Jr., Distinguished Patron of the Arts
1988 Charles W. Gibbons, III, Distinguished Painter and Teacher
1989 Dr. Michel Hersen, Distinguished Collector and Patron
1990 Dr. Paul A. Chew, Distinguished Museum Director
1990 Milton Porter, Distinguished Patron and Collector
1991 John A. Robertshaw, Jr., Distinguished Patron
1991 David T. Owsley, Distinguished Collector and Patron
1992 Diana Jannetta, Distinguished Art Historian and Critic
1992 Dr. John J. McDonough, Distinguished Collector and Patron
1993 Katherine Mabis McKenna Foundation, Inc., Distinguished Patron/Foundation
1994 Andrew J. Sordoni, III, Distinguished Collector and Patron
1995 Robert A. and Jean A. Walsh, Distinguished Patrons
1996 Henry L. Hillman, Distinguished Collector
1997 Barbara and Ned Nakles, Sr., Distinguished Patrons
1998 Graham Shearing, Distinguished Critic
1999 Dr. William H. Gerdts, Distinguished Art Historian
2000 Diane Samuels, Distinguished Artist
2001 Charles A. Teenie Harris, Distinguished Artist
2001 Judith H. OToole, Distinguished Museum Director
2002 Livingston L. Biddle, III, Distinguished Patron
2002 Harvey Childs, Jr., Distinguished Patron
2002 Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Philip Horn, Executive Director, Distinguished Patron
2003 Anonymous, Distinguished Collector
2004 William E. Strickland, Distinguished Leader in the Arts
2005 Richard M. Scaife, Distinguished Patron
2006 Dr. John K. Howat, Distinguished Curator of American Art
2007 Clyde Hare, Distinguished Artist
2008 Barbara L. Jones, Distinguished Curator
2008 Dr. Jack R. Lane, Distinguished Museum Director
2009 Aaronel deRoy Gruber, Distinguished Artist
2009 Louise Merrell Kilgore, Distinguished Patron
2010 Womens Committee of the Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Distinguished Patrons
2011 Carol R. Brown, Distinguished Leader in the Arts

About the Westmoreland Society
Founded in 1986, the Westmoreland Society is a special membership group affiliated with the Westmoreland Museum of American Art. The Society has a two-fold purpose: members raise funds through their donations to purchase a work of art each year for the Museum; and they honor a significant figure in the art world by awarding the Distinguished Gold Medal. If anyone is interested in becoming a member of the Westmoreland Society, please call the membership office at 724/837-1500 ext. 27.

About the Westmoreland Museum of American Art
The Westmoreland Museum of American Arts permanent collection of significant American works of art and our extensive collection of southwestern Pennsylvania landscapes and industrial scenes has earned the Museum a world-class reputation. The Westmoreland has gained national attention for pioneering regional investigations by presenting its collection as important and thought-provoking exhibitions to the public.

The mission of the Westmoreland Museum of American Art is to enrich a growing public through innovative and collaborative approaches to the collection, preservation and presentation of American art. The vision is to be a preeminent museum of American art.

Regular Museum hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 11 AM to 5 PM and Friday until 8 PM. Museum admission is a $5 suggested donation for adults, children under 12 and students with valid ID are free. Guided tours can be arranged by calling 724/837-1500 ext. 10. An American Marketplace  The Shop at The Westmoreland carries books on American art, posters and notecards, childrens books and activities, unique giftware, jewelry and features a coffee bar. For directions to The Westmoreland or other information, the public should call 724/837-1500 or visit our web site at www.wmuseumaa.org. The Westmoreland is located at 221 North Main Street, Greensburg, Pennsylvania, about 35 miles east of Pittsburgh.
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