HARTFORD — The Board of Trustees of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art recently recognized its former president, Henry R. Martin, awarding him the prestigious Goodwin Medal at its annual meeting on Nov. 15.
The Goodwin Medal, the institution’s highest honor, is presented to those who have served the Wadsworth with extraordinary loyalty, dedication, and service.
First presented in 1983, the Medal has since been awarded to thirteen individuals and three entities.
The last award of the Goodwin Medal was in 2014.
Martin’s extensive service to the Wadsworth Atheneum began in 2008 when he joined as a Trustee and member of the Finance Committee.
He has served as Treasurer for six years, Vice-President of the Board of Trustees for three, and President of the Board of Trustees for the past three years.
“Hank Martin is an individual who possesses an innate charm and wit. His passion for the arts, and especially the Wadsworth, has been exemplary. His tireless work to enhance and secure the financial future of the Wadsworth will be one of his lasting legacies,” said Cheryl A. Chase, vice president of the Board of Trustees.
“The many new programs and social events, instituted during Hank’s tenure, have added wonderful and important opportunities for all art lovers to learn and enjoy all that our amazing Wadsworth has to offer.”
“I could not have asked for a more dependable partner than Hank,” said director and CEO Thomas J. Loughman. “He is a strategic thinker who always brought an optimism to our work, and whose enthusiasm for the Wadsworth’s future shines through.”
Martin held senior positions with two Fortune 100 industrial companies and acquired and developed manufacturing businesses as a major equity stakeholder.
He is retired from his business career and resides in Washington, with his wife Sharon.
Their current avocation is the study and collection of 19th century American art, as well as contemporary representational painting. Their collections have been exhibited at many art museums across the country.