2018 MV Medal Winners (from left to right):
Denys Wortman, Ann Smith, not pictured: Rose Styron
The Annual Meeting hosted August 20, 2018 reviewed the 2017 year, recognized the work of outgoing board members, and awarded the Martha's Vineyard Medal to leaders in the community to recognize their outstanding commitment to preserving the history, arts, and culture of Martha’s Vineyard.
2018 MV Medal Winners
Presented by Janis-Smith Gomez
Ann Smith is the Executive Director of Featherstone Center for the Arts, the year-round arts center providing gallery shows, art classes, and workshops for youth and adults in all media. She has held the position for almost eight years serving as assistant to the director (Smith’s late mother Francine Kelly) for three and a half years before that. Under Smith’s leadership, Featherstone was able to construct a new art barn and pottery studio expanding their Oak Bluffs campus as part of a $6M capital campaign. She serves on the Board of the New England Foundation for the Arts and is the chair of the Arts Martha’s Vineyard steering committee, the Island’s arts and culture collaborative organization. Smith is a long-time advocate for public art funding as well as supporting the arts in underserved and rural communities.
Presented by Phil Wallis
Rose Styron is a poet, human rights activist, journalist, and fellow at the Kennedy Institute of Politics. She has lived in Vineyard Haven full time since 2012 and summered on the Island for over fifty years. Poetry and human rights have always been her top priorities, however, not long after her husband’s death, she set poetry aside to collect and publish Selected Letters of William Styron. Rose has written countless poems about the Vineyard and also authored the foreword to Tom Dresser’s Women on Martha’s Vineyard book. She is very active on the Vineyard with a number of Island non-profits including Women Empowered, MV Community Services, the Poetry Café at the MV Playhouse, and the MV Book Festival. Off-Island she has been a long supporter of Plimoth Plantation and has been involved with Amnesty International for decades.
Presented by Richard Skidmore
Denys Wortman is a retired Tisbury selectman. He is the son of the late Denys Wortman, painter and cartoonist. Wortman has served on the Board of Tisbury Waterways, Department of Public Works, and Spring Building Preservation Committee while also participating in the town vision workshops. Wortman has been an advocate for the Museum purchasing and restoring the Marine Hospital from the very beginning and has served on the MVM Board and building committees throughout the process. He has also served on the Board of Featherstone Center for the Arts and chaired the Board of MVTV. Wortman presented an exhibit of his drone photography at the MV Playhouse and will present another at the MV Film Center this summer. He lent his technology and camera skills during the Gay Head Lighthouse move documenting the process with drone and time lapse photography. Wortman, along with his wife Marilyn, also welcome students from Camp Jabberwocky to their house annually for a summer dinner.