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Claudia Chapline, BA ’53, received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Northern California Chapter of the Women’s Caucus for Art for her contributions to the California art community. Chapline has presented California artists since 1974 in galleries she founded in Santa Monica, Sacramento, and Stinson Beach. She served on numerous boards and nonprofit arts organizations. She also is internationally recognized as an artist and writer. Her most recent book of poetry is titled Collage; another collection, Beach Glass, is forthcoming in 2007 by Floating Island Publications.

“Jerry Heiser in his recreation of a typical 1950s outboard motor repair shop.

Diane Hardy

The North Carolina Museums Council presented Jerry Heiser, MFA ’78, with the William T. Alderson Lifetime Achievement Award for retired professionals in March. Heiser is the former exhibit designer for the North Carolina Maritime Museum, which he joined in 1985. He designed exhibits that illustrate the state’s maritime and coastal natural history. He now owns his own business, Objects of My Design, and specializes in custom woodworking, sculpture, architectural and site plan models, and exhibit consultation. Heiser and his wife, Karen, a professional photographer, live in Morehead City, N.C.

“Portrait of Virginia Gov. Mark Warner by Bradley Stevens.

Through Columbia University’s business school’s senior executive leadership education program, Vivian Matz Levi, BFA ’79, designed and is teaching a painting program for business executives and directors. The program uses traditional exercises in oil paints with and addresses issues and skills relevant to leadership. The artist resides in New York.

Bradley Stevens, BA ’76, MFA ’79, is the artist of the official portrait of Virginia Gov. Mark R. Warner, BA ’77, Hon. DPS ’03. The piece was unveiled in May in Richmond. Stevens’ other works include a portrait of Vernon E. Jordan Jr., which was accepted into the Smithsonian’s permanent collection; a portrait of Harry Harding, former dean of GW’s Elliott School of International Affairs, for the school; and an historic mural for the U.S. Capitol, to be unveiled in September. Stevens is also known for his landscape work.