Wayne State honors six of its best arts and communication alumni and advocates March 24

The College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts at Wayne State University presents its 36th Arts Achievement Awards. Outstanding alumni and former students of Wayne State University are recognized for their dedication to, and advocacy for, the arts and communication and for achievements in their respective fields.

The Arts Achievement Awards event takes place 4pm to 6pm, Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at the Hilberry Theatre on the Wayne State campus. Wayne State’s Hilberry Theatre is located at 4743 Cass Ave., Detroit, MI 48201, with guest parking available in nearby commercial lots. The event is free and open to the public. Guests are asked to RSVP to (313) 577-0300.

Wayne State University Arts Achievement Awards honorees for 2015:

Eugene DrikerArts Advocacy Award, College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts
Eugene Driker, former member of Wayne State’s Board of Governors, is a founding member in the law firm Barris, Sott, Denn & Driker PLLC. He was listed in Best Lawyers in America, described in Super Lawyers as Michigan’s top litigator and in Chambers USA Guide as Michigan’s preeminent business litigator. Lawdragon magazine named him among America’s top 500 lawyers.

Ann DelisiCareer Achievement Award in the Field of Communication, Department of Communication
Ann Delisi has been a multi-media presence in the Detroit market across more than two decades of diverse experience. From radio to television to voiceover, she approaches her work with professionalism and integrity. Presently she hosts Ann Delisi’s Essential Music on Wayne State’s public radio station WDET-FM 101.9.

Timothy Van LaarCareer Achievement Award in the Field of Art and Art History, James Pearson Duffy Dept. of Art and Art History
Timothy Van Laar is an artist, writer and professor of art. He produces paintings, drawings, collages and installations exhibited throughout North America and Europe. He co-authored three books and authored numerous reviews and catalog essays. He is chair of fine arts at Detroit’s College for Creative Studies.

Delores Ivory DavisCareer Achievement Award in the Field of Music, Department of Music
Delores Ivory Davis is a soprano vocalist known internationally for performances in opera and oratorio and for performances with the Springfield (Mass.) Symphony, St. Paul Symphony and Detroit Symphony Orchestra. She performed in a Broadway production of Porgy and Bess as Serena and in the televised performance of Treemonisha as Monisha.

Toi BanksCareer Achievement Award in the Field of Dance, Maggie Allesee Dept. of Theatre and Dance
Tumija ‘Toi’ Banks has been a dancer, choreographer and dance teacher for many years. She runs the Harrison High School dance program and the Harrison Dance Company, offering high school students intense dance training and performance opportunities.

David RamseyCareer Achievement Award in the Field of Theatre, Maggie Allesee Dept. of Theatre and Dance
David Ramsey is an actor in motion pictures and television with credits numerous credits over the past twenty years. Presently he is a member of the regular cast of the CW Network series Arrow. He is known also for recurring roles on Blue Bloods, Dexter and Ghost Whisperer.

The College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts at Wayne State University serves 2,200 students majoring in 16 undergraduate and 11 graduate programs through the James Pearson Duffy Department of Art and Art History, the Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance, the Department of Music and the Department of Communication. Wayne State University, located in the heart of Detroit’s Midtown Cultural Center, is a premier urban research institution offering more than 370 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to nearly 28,000 students.

CONTACT: Rhonda Welsh
CFPCA Alumni Officer
(313) 577-1087