By Ozolua Uhakheme, Assistant Editor (Arts) THE NATION
Society of Nigerian Artists (SNA) has bestowed its prestigious Distinguished Service Award on the Director-General, National Gallery of Art (NGA), Chief Ebeten William Ivara. The investiture took place in Abuja last week during the inauguration of the 11th President and executive members of the SNA.
Explaining the rationale for the award, the Coordinator, SNA Fellowship 2021 and Vice President, South East, Archibong Bassey said it is in acknowledgement of Ivara’s performance in office as Director- General of NGA within a very short period, which is a boost to the visual art sub-sector in Nigeria.
According to Bassey, ‘your cordial relationship with the SNA expressed through the recent setting up of the Joint National Committee of the NGA/SNA for the Harmonisation of the NGA Establishment Act for Repeal and Re-enactment, will go a long way to promote the development and progress of the visual art sector and the SNA as the umbrella body for all artists in Nigeria.’