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Confederation Centre Gallery Director wins Employee of the Year award

November 7, 2013

Kevin Rice recognized by Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce

(Charlottetown, P.E.I.) - Wednesday evening was a night of celebration for Confederation Centre of the Arts at the annual President's Excellence Awards held by the Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce. Confederation Centre Art Gallery Director, Kevin Rice was recognized as the 2013 Employee of the Year. An independent panel of judges chose the winner from among three finalists.

"We are thrilled that the Chamber has recognized one of the country's most unique national cultural institutions with this award," says Jessie Inman, CEO of Confederation Centre. "On behalf of the Board of Directors and all of our staff, I congratulate Kevin on this achievement. His passion for Canadian visual arts is evident in the thoughtful way he develops balanced programming that both challenges and delights visitors to the Centre."

Rice is the ‘man behind the art' at the Gallery, where he has worked for 27 years. He and his team manage a 17,000-piece permanent collection as well as an exhibition schedule that showcases approximately 20 shows a year from artists across the country. The Gallery, the largest in Eastern Canada, also programs popular workshops, lectures, and receptions where guests have an opportunity to meet the artists or share their own creations.

The Employee of the Year award recognizes an individual, nominated by their peers, who clearly demonstrates loyalty, exceptional performance, and overall contribution to their organization. Rice was chosen as a finalist from over 25 nominees. Also recognized in this category were Trish Walsh of KKP- Kwik Kopy Printing and Dalie Schellen of Vogue Optical.

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Photo Cutline: (L-R) Keith O'Neill, president of the Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce presents Kevin Rice, art gallery director at Confederation Centre of the Arts with the Employee of the Year award at the annual President's Excellence Awards banquet. Also on hand was award sponsor, Bernard Gillis of Metro Credit Union (Berni Wood photo.)

Media contact:
Fraser McCallum, Communications Manager, Confederation Centre of the Arts
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