Sept. 2, 2011
According to the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo, the Community Arts Patron Award acknowledges an individual or couple who have contributed significanly to the arts as patrons. Through their patronage they have made a sustained and transformative impact on the Kalamazoo Comunity through their support of the arts.
College of Fine Arts Dean Margaret Merrion said, "The Richmonds have made it possible for our community to interact with prominent visiting artists who bring a body of contemporary work for exhibition and study on a regular basis. In addition to the exhibits and lectures, by establishing a campus place for art, the Richmonds have enabled opportunities for the Western Michigan University art faculty and student body to interact with the community."