Sylvia Hunt, the face and energy behind Caldwell Fine Arts since 1981, is retiring, and an open house celebration is set for Saturday afternoon.
The event is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Langroise Center on the College of Idaho Campus.
Hunt works tirelessly to promote the fine arts and has brought a wide range of national and international performers to the Caldwell campus.
“She is in many ways synonymous now with Caldwell Fine Arts and Jewett Auditorium,” said C of I music Professor Paul Moulton. “She’s been a part of the history since the beginning.”
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Whether it is taking Mexico’s leading brass quintet, into local Sacajawea Elementary School, performing piano duets for schoolchildren or playing the Jewett pipe organ, Hunt is constantly promoting enjoyment of music and the arts.
“In addition to presenting a terrific fine arts series year after year, Sylvia’s dedication to bringing live performances and workshops to local schoolchildren has meant so much to the community and has greatly enriched lives,” said John Ottenhoff, a CFA board member and C of I vice president for academic affairs.
Brought up in Idaho Falls, Sylvia Runions moved to Caldwell in the mid-1950s to attend the College of Idaho and graduated in 1959. She married Jack Hunt, had two kids and stayed in contact with her mentor and professor, Richard Skyrm. Skyrm launched Caldwell Fine Arts in 1961, and Hunt was involved from the beginning. When he could no longer continue as the series manager, he asked her to take over.