America’s best-known contemporary folk artist will receive a Syracuse University alumni award recognizing his contributions during Orange Central homecoming weekend Oct. 5-8. The Melvin A. Eggers Senior Alumni Award will be presented to Warren “Cookie” Kimble ’57, a nationally renowned folk artist, entrepreneur, community leader and passionate alumnus of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA).
The award will be presented at a special luncheon for senior alumni Friday, Oct. 6, from noon-2 p.m. at the Persian Terrace, Marriott Syracuse Downtown—the newly restored former Hotel Syracuse. The cost is $25 per person and includes a three-course luncheon and beverages. For more information about the Eggers Luncheon, visit orangecentral.syr.edu.
Established in 1988 by Chancellor Emeritus William P. Tolley, the Melvin A. Eggers Senior Alumni Award is presented to those alumni who have graduated more than 50 years ago and have demonstrated loyalty and service to Syracuse University.
Kimble ’57 earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from VPA before embarking on an advertising career. He also taught in public schools and served as a member of the art faculty at Castleton State College in Vermont.
Kimble pursued his passion for painting in 1983, and enjoyed immense success during a decorated career. Art enthusiasts across the world have enjoyed Kimble’s original paintings, which include both fine art and folk art works, and the Society of Illustrators Museum in New York City tabbed selected his work for “The Original Art 2001.”
His one-man shows have been held at the Frank J. Miele Gallery (New York City), Chase Gallery (Boston) and Gallery on the Green (Woodstock, Vermont), among others. Kimble’s work has garnered media coverage across the country, with profiles and appearances in House & Garden TV, Country Home, Country Living, The Boston Globe, QVC, and Yankee, as well as in regional publications such as Vermont Magazine and Vermont Life. Considered one of today’s top home furnishings designers, Kimble has designed images that have been transformed into dinnerware, rugs, furniture, textiles and more. His more than 40 licensing partners include de Sakura, Springs Industries, Manual Woodworkers and Weavers, Kamenstein, Yankee Candle and NCE.
Kimble lives and works in Brandon, Vermont, with Lorraine, his wife and business partner. Together, they have been deeply involved in civic life and philanthropy for more than 30 years. The Kimbles continue to enhance their community, working collaboratively with other artists and community leaders to establish an artist’s guild, renovate Brandon’s historic town hall and rehabilitate a now-thriving downtown.
Kimble’s honors and awards include Syracuse University’s 2002 George Arents Pioneer Medal, the University’s highest alumni honor; and an honorary doctor of fine arts degree from Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vermont.