Celebrating the Career of Mary Sue Sweeney Priceby Representative Leonard Lance
Posted on 2014-01-16
of new jersey
in the house of representatives
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Mr. LANCE. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor Mary Sue Sweeney Price
for her outstanding leadership of the Newark Museum as its Director and
Chief Executive Officer. The Newark Museum, the largest in the State of
New Jersey, is a respected public institution that has built a national
reputation as a museum of service to the larger community, State and
Nation and as a leader in the collection of objects, ideas,
innovations, artifacts and documentation that tell the story of our
rich culture and accomplished history.
In countless ways the Museum has grown under Mary Sue's tenure, expanding its holdings and exhibits on its eight-building, 80-gallery campus. She oversaw the restoration of the 1885 Ballantine House, the opening of the interactive Victoria Hall of Science and the dedication of Horizon Plaza, the Museum's new entrance. The education division has flourished, visitation and donors have grown, an international symposium has been initiated and groundbreaking exhibitions have heightened public discourse.
Mary Sue is the recipient of numerous awards including the coveted Katherine Coffey Award, which is the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums' highest honor for distinguished achievement. She has received honorary degrees from Rutgers University, Drew University, Caldwell College and the New Jersey Institute of Technology. She has also attended Harvard University's Publishing Procedures Program, served as President of the Association of Art Museum Directors and sat on the Newark Arts Council. Mary Sue and her spouse, Rutgers historian Dr. Clement Alexander Price, have helped launch a renaissance that is transforming Newark, the City that they love and where they live.
Mary Sue has been associated with the Newark Museum for the past 38 years, including 20 years as its Director. I became a friend and admirer of her work as a member of its Board of Trustees. I have seen her intense vision and energy profoundly reshape the organization founded by the visionary John Cotton Dana in 1909. I thank her for her dedicated public service to the Museum, to the City of Newark, to the State of New Jersey and, indeed, to the arts and cultural history of the United States. I commend her for her lasting legacy of excellence.