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ARTSBUILD ANNOUNCES RECIPIENT OF 2020 RUTH HOLMBERG ARTS LEADERSHIP AWARD - THE CHATTANOOGAN

Karen Candy Kruesi will be honored during the 2020 Ruth HolmbergArts Leadership Award presentation on Tuesday, March 10. ArtsBuild will host the eventat the Hunter Museum of American Art from 6-8 p.m.

A native Texan, Ms. Kruesi earned a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and an MA in Slavic Literatureand Languages at the University of Colorado. Following graduate school, she embarked on acareer in government, starting as an intelligence analyst in an organization jointly funded by theCIA, DIA and NSA, and then working as a special assistant at the Department of Housing andUrban Development. Moving to the private sector, Ms. Kruesi worked as a senior analyst at theRand Corporation. During her last years in Washington, D.C., she co-founded and directed Jaaron Art Associates, which produced limited editions of original fine art prints.

Ms. Kruesi has been an active volunteer in the community for many years, giving generously of her time, expertise and resources to support Chattanoogas non-profit institutions, especially its many arts organizations. Some of her notable leadership positions include chairing the Board ofDirectors for the Hunter Museum of American Art, String Theory, Chattanooga Symphony &Opera, and Mark Making. She co-chaired the MakeWork Arts Grant Program, which awardedproject grants to local individual ...

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