The Collage 2016 Committee spearheaded by the International Museum of Art & Science (IMAS) Chairman of the Board Laura Warren Ogletree and Vice-Chairman Mr. Carlos Melguizo is pleased to announce the 2016 Collage Legacy of Discovery honorees:  Dr. John Gerling, Mr. Arthur Hughes, Mr. Bill Ranganath for their outstanding years of service and dedication to many Rio Grande Valley organizations, including the International Museum of Art & Science (IMAS).

Dr. John Gerling enjoys educating patients and parents about various field like paleontology, astronomy, biology, and geography. As his appreciation of the community has grown over the years, he has joined non-profit boards to further improve their educational and cultural assets. Dr. Gerling has served IMAS for a total of 12 years as a board member and three consecutive years a Chairman of the Board.

Mr. Arthur Hughes became interested in museums and science as all NYC students were exposed to the Jayden Planetarium, the American Museum of Natural History and the Museum of Art. He started his involvement with the IMAS board in 2000 during the construction of the new wing and continued on the board team until 2014. He served as Chairman of the Board and served as treasurer twice.

Mr. Bill Ranganath joined the IMAS Board of Trustees in 2002 and retired in 2014 after serving four full terms. “Everyone had the same goal of improving the performance of IMAS as an Art & Science Museum,” said Mr. Ranganath. Mr. Ranganath’s main interest in volunteering with IMAS was the role the museum plays in the community in increasing public interests in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

Collage: Legacy of Discovery will take place on Saturday, September 24, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the International Museum of Art & Science (IMAS). Now in its 38th year, Collage is the largest and longest running in the Rio Grande Valley. The Collage event will benefit IMAS with funds going towards building its legacy as an institution accredited by American Alliance of Museums, as well as a Smithsonian Affiliated museum and ASTC member. Tickets for the event are $150 per person for IMAS Members and $175 per person for Non-members. For more information or sponsorship opportunities, please call IMAS at (956) 682-0123 or visit www.theimasonline.org.