The Baton Rouge Area Chamber handed out a couple of prestigious awards at its April luncheon, recognizing individuals and companies who “contribute so meaningfully to the regional economy through service to the business community.” They were presented by CEO Adam Knapp.

T om Yura, senior vice president and general manager BASF and last year’s chairman of BRAC’s education and workforce council, received the D. Jensen Holliday Award for his “extraordinary leadership and exemplary service to BRAC.”

Co l etta Barrett, vice president of mission at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, received the Community Champion Award for her “outstanding contributions to her company and above-and-beyond leadership in the community.”

Brown & Root took home the Project of the Year award after establishing its corporate headquarters in Baton Rouge in 2015.

The last award was one of thanks to 2015 board Chairman Van Mayhall Jr. for his leadership and dedication to BRAC.

Animals in Art

Out at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine, another round of awards were handed out — to the winning artists participating in this year’s Animals in Art exhibition. More than 200 artists from 38 states, Israel and Canada submitted 381 entries for the show; 74 were selected for the exhibit by judge and juror Jonathan Mayers, a founding member of the TEN Gallery + Collective in New Orleans.

The $1,000 Best in Show Award went to Beverly Hertler from Red Bank, New Jersey, for her mixed media piece entitled “Fish.” Dr. Kurt Matushek, of Schaumburg, Illinois, editor-in-chief of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, selected “Gulf Coast Gold,” a watercolor board piece by Anne Peyton, of Phoenix, Arizona , for a future cover of the JAVMA. The Dean’s Award went to Ji m Green, of Hermosa, South Dakota, for his bronze piece “Side by Side.”

Judge’s Awards went to Mobile, Alabama, artist Baba Scaturro’s ceramic sculpture “Road Trip”; Lafayette artist Charlotte Huntley’s watercolor “It’s All Relative”; Pacifica, California, artist Akiko Wanranabe’s acrylic “Angel Light”; Cedar Rapids photographer Linda Robert Scarth’s “Feathered Dancers”; and Milford, Massachusetts, artist Carolyn Letvin’s oil stick and metal leaf on wood panel “Golden Fleece #48.”

Honorable Mentions went to Baton Rouge area artists Ellen Case, Jane Flowers and Frankie Gould.

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