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Academy Art Museum Honors Rima Parkhurst for Love of Art


Rima Parkhurst of Easton was recently honored for 20 years of service a curatorial assistant and a gallery attendant at the Academy Art Museum in Easton, MD. Parkhurst held a number of interesting jobs before retiring to Easton in 1995, including assistant director of the American Civil Liberties Union – National Capital Area, a number of positions with the Democratic National Committee, the first Congressional Liaison for the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, Vice President for Passenger Services for Amtrak, founder of Parkhurst-Spence political consulting and software firm, and administrator of Bayh Connaughton law firm. In her free time, she loved art and served as a docent for two prestigious art institutions – the Baltimore Museum of Art and later the National Gallery of Art.

Parkhurst says the first two things she did when she arrived in Easton were to become a friend of the Talbot County Free Library and to become a member of the Academy Art Museum, where she immediately began volunteering. Her first role at the Museum was as a guide on the visual and performing arts trips sponsored by the Museum. Her role expanded to include cataloging the Museum’s books with the Library of Congress, volunteering at the front desk, serving as a registrar accessioning the Museum’s artwork, and filling in with public relations and curatorial jobs.

Over the years, Rima has served on the boards of Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), Chesapeake Chamber Music, the Talbot County Arts Council, Talbot Hospice Foundation, and the Academy Art Museum.

Rima states, “I especially have loved that there are new things happening all the time at the Museum. There are both an appreciative and educated audience, as well as a talented and devoted staff.  It has been exciting to be a part of a museum which is getting nationally known for its art.”