College of Liberal Arts and Weisman Art Museum, September 10, 2002
Sara "Penny" Rand Winton graduated from the University of Minnesota with an interdisciplinary major in 1941. Her nominator wrote, "Penny Winton has a deeply held desire to make a difference in the world. She is interested in changing the way people think and act and has committed herself to change in architecture, the arts, and in the community of spirituality and healing." She was among the first private individuals to commission architect Frank O. Gehry to design a guesthouse that has been featured in books, articles, and the media throughout the world. She also was instrumental in selecting him as the architect for the Weisman Art Museum. She created an endowed chair in the College of Liberal Arts so University students may benefit from the creativity of artists creating new paradigms. Winton was the primary moving force behind the building of Pathways, a center for healing and support for people with terminal illnesses and still serves as an active volunteer there.
Outstanding Achievement Award Recipient
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