The Deirdre Bibby Memorial Scholarship
AWARDED TO A DESERVING NYU TISCH SENIOR TO COMPLETE THEIR STUDENT THESIS FILM
Deirdre's life and achievements were honored in a 2008 Hartford Courant article:
"Deirdre Bibby was a pioneer who dedicated most of her professional life to the emerging field of museums dedicated to exhibiting the work of African-American artists.
'We were very impressed by her,' said Joyce Willis, who was on the Atheneum's board when Bibby was hired.
Bibby excelled at giving gallery talks to young people or the uninitiated. 'One could easily slip into lofty language, but she talked in terms the average museum-goer could understand,' Willis said.
She renovated her home in Hartford's West End, where she tore down walls and installed new tile and kitchen herself. 'She loved wood and tools,' said Willis.
Bibby was diplomatic, a good listener and "had a gentle way of moving through the world," said Andrea Miller-Keller, a former curator of contemporary art at the Atheneum who admired her work. But Bibby could also be direct. She had a classic rejoinder to people who remarked that their kindergarten child could have produced some piece of contemporary art.
'Maybe,' Bibby would retort, 'but he didn't.'"