Lori huffman receives illinois association of museums achievement award
Lorilee C. Huffman, the University Museum's longtime Curator of Collections, received the Lifetime Professional Achievement Award from the Illinois Association of Museums on October 18, 2013. Lori has given almost 40 years of outstanding service to Illinois museums: 36 to The University Museum at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale and two to the Illinois State Museum in Springfield, Illinois. She has set the standard for many young museum professionals as an assistant professor in the Museum Studies program at SIU. She has done everything at the Museum, from curating exhibitions to overseeing the digitization of the collection records, from writing over one million dollars in grants to catering Museum receptions. She has run the Museum Store and supervised the cleaning of the sculpture collection.
As Lori wrote in 2001, “I have a total commitment to this Museum and continue to strive to make it better. I would not have stayed this long if I did not have such positive thoughts about this Museum and faith in what it is and what it can become.” Though Lori has helped make The University Museum a nationally accredited museum since 1977, she has also cared deeply about the museum field and about Illinois museums. She was a member of the organizing committee of the SIAM, the Southern Illinois Association of Museums and served as its first President. She has been a consultant to many Illinois museums including the General John A. Logan Museum in Murphysboro, a juror for the Illinois Junior Duck Stamp Competition, for Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, and the Peoria Historical Society. She has been a Grants Reviewer for the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and a Map Reviewer for the American Alliance of Museums.