Piedmont Arts will honor Joyce Staples and Prillaman Landscape Dimensions, Inc. at the 19th annual Clyde Hooker Awards on Thursday, June 29, 2021 at the museum.
Staples is a staunch proponent of the arts and arts education. As an English teacher with Henry County Public Schools and a professor at Patrick Henry Community College and Longwood University of New College Institute, she has shared her love of art, literature and history with her students and encouraged them to participate in cultural programs at Piedmont Arts and throughout the community. Staples has also served on the Piedmont Arts Board of Directors and as Board President. Every year, she helps to organize and participates in the museum’s annual African American Read-In and Family Day.
“Joyce is a driving force in our community,” said Executive Director Heidi Pinkston. “She spreads joy and a love of the arts wherever she goes. Piedmont Arts can always count on her support and guidance, as can the many organizations in Martinsville-Henry County where she lends her time, enthusiasm and expertise.”
Prillaman Landscape Dimensions, Inc. has been serving Martinsville and Henry County for more than 25 years. Owner CD Prillaman and his staff work closely with clients to actualize their landscaping ideas and ensure that they have a role in the creative process every step of the way. Prillaman also volunteers his time and professional services to help beautify the community. An Eagle Scout himself, Prillaman makes it a special point to help local scouts with their Eagle Scout projects.
Sidney B. Allen IV, who worked with Prillaman to complete his Eagle Scout project, said Prillaman exemplifies an eagerness to help others succeed and provide leadership using lessons learned throughout his life.
"Whenever called upon, CD was willing to provide a multitude of resources needed for the project at hand. This was all done at a level step above many other options that could have been used. No matter the task at hand, he was willing to arrive with a full effort, an open mind and willingness to assist anyone."
Piedmont Arts will also recognize Arts in Education Award recipient Brian Stanley and the recipients of the Nicodemus Hufford and Harold Knowlton Work Memorial Art Scholarships.
The awards ceremony will begin promptly at 5:30 pm. Guests are invited to enjoy a reception with light refreshments following the ceremony. In lieu of an admission cost, guests may make a donation to Piedmont Arts’ scholarship fund.
RSVP here by Friday, June 25, 2021.
The Clyde Hooker Award was established in 2003 by the Piedmont Arts Board of Directors to recognize businesses and individuals that are involved in and support Piedmont Arts and other arts and cultural organizations in Martinsville-Henry County. The award is named in honor of J. Clyde Hooker, Jr. for his support of the arts.