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Loyola University New Orleans names recipient of prestigious Integritas Vitae Award

Loyola press release - February 19, 1999

(New Orleans)—Mrs. Peter Roussel "Sunny" Norman, one of the most respected members of the New Orleans’ art community, is this year’s recipient of the annual Integritas Vitae Award. The Loyola University President’s Council bestows the Integritas Vitae, the university’s highest honor, to an individual who possess a high moral character in a lifetime of unselfish service without expectation of material reward or public recognition. Recipients of this award have demonstrated courage of convictions and adherence to the principles of honesty, integrity, justice, and preservation of human dignity throughout their lifetime.

Norman has played an active, lifelong role in promoting and supporting the arts in Louisiana for the past 60 years. Having chosen the arts as her passion, Norman has been very supportive of the Loyola Department of Visual Arts. She has graciously donated many important works of art to the Loyola Collection and has worked diligently to establish a Loyola Arts Center.

In the New Orleans art community, she has given generously of her time and resources. She has devoted her life to encouraging the efforts of young artists by being a founding member of organizations that promote creative talent. Norman is the founder of the P.R. Norman Art Purchase Fund, which provides monies for the regular acquisition of contemporary art for the New Orleans Museum of Art’s (NOMA) permanent collection. She was one of the 10 founding members of the American Association of Museum Trustees Committee and one of the driving forces behind the establishment of the Education Division at NOMA. Likewise, she was among the first promoters of the city’s Contemporary Art Center. Norman has served as a board member of the Arts Council of Greater New Orleans, for the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, NOMA, and the New Orleans Symphony. She has served on advisory committees for the Louis Armstrong Park, the Canal Place Art Committee, and is an honorary member of the committee for Art Against Aids.

Norman is known nationally for her extraordinary work in the arts as well. She is a trustee of the American Federation of Museums and serves as a member of several foundations including the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the International Council of the Museum of Modern Art, the Fellows of the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, the Collectors Committee of the National Gallery of Art, the National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts and has served on the Advisory Committee of the Southeastern Center for the Contemporary Arts.

Among her many prestigious awards are the Mayor’s Art Award, the Anti-Defamation League’s Torch of Liberty Award, and the Tzedakah Award, the highest honor to a community person given by the Jewish Endowment Foundation in recognition of the spirit of philanthropy she exemplifies.

"To be most meaningful, the arts must be accessible to everyone," Norman says. "Every child and adult should have the opportunity to see a great painting or sculpture, to hear a wonderful concert, and every artist deserves the right to work and achieve the best they are capable of creating."