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  • Melvin Eggers Senior Alumni Award

    Established in 1988 by Chancellor Emeritus William P. Tolley, the Melvin A. Eggers Senior Alumni Award “was created out of my deep respect and admiration for Chancellor Eggers and to honor senior alumni whose leadership and service to society has been joined with loyalty and service to Syracuse University.”

    The award is presented to those alumni who have graduated more than 50 years ago and have demonstrated loyalty and service to Syracuse University. It is conferred at the Melvin A. Eggers Senior Alumni Award Dinner during Orange Central weekend.

    Warren Kimble ’57 Our 2017 Recipient: Warren L. Kimble ’57

    Warren L. Kimble is America’s best-known contemporary folk artist, a civic leader, and an entrepreneur. After earning a bachelor of fine arts degree from Syracuse University, he began a career in advertising, then taught in public schools and was a member of the art faculty at Castleton State College in Vermont. In 1983, he left the college to pursue his passion for painting full time.

    Kimble’s original paintings, which include both fine art and folk art works, have been collected worldwide, and his work was selected for The Original Art 2001 by the Society of Illustrators Museum in New York. His one-man shows have been held at the Frank J. Miele Gallery (New York City), Chase Gallery (Boston), and Gallery on the Green (Woodstock, Vermont), among others. His featured profiles and appearances in national media include QVC, House & Garden TV, Country Home, Country Living, The Boston Globe, and Yankee, as well as regional publications, such as Vermont Magazine and Vermont Life.

    Considered one of today’s top home furnishings designers, Kimble’s images have been translated into dinnerware, rugs, furniture, textiles, and more. His more than 40 licensing partners include Sakura, Springs Industries, Manual Woodworkers and Weavers, Kamenstein, Yankee Candle, and NCE.

    Kimble lives and works in Brandon, Vermont, where he and his wife and business partner, Lorraine, have been deeply involved in civic life and philanthropy for more than 30 years. They continue to be a strong force in community development, working together with other artists and community leaders to begin an artist’s guild, renovate the historic town hall, and rehabilitate a now-thriving downtown.

    Kimble’s honors and awards include Syracuse University’s 2002 George Arents Award, the University’s highest alumni honor; and an honorary doctor of fine arts degree from Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vermont.