Maine Center for Creativity Selects Glenn Close and David Shaw to Receive Inaugural Maine Creative Industry Award

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The Maine Creative Industry Award will celebrate those exemplary people who have demonstrated the power of art and business working together to make a positive impact on the state and in the world.

"Glenn and David embody the marriage of arts and industry—literally and figuratively..."

The Maine Center for Creativity is proud to announce its inaugural Maine Creative Industry Award, dedicated to recognizing excellence in art, innovation and enterprise. Accepting this prestigious award are Glenn Close and David Shaw at an awards gala in their honor on September 13, 2012 in Portland, Maine.

As one the first of its kind in the country, the Maine Creative Industry Award celebrates those exemplary people who have demonstrated the power of art and business working together to make a positive impact on the state and in the world.

“Glenn and David embody the marriage of arts and industry—literally and figuratively, says Katherine Greenleaf, President of the Board of Directors for the Maine Center for Creativity. “They were selected for their extraordinary blend of talent, creativity and business acumen and we are honored they are accepting this award.”

Working together and individually, Close and Shaw foster the continuing growth and success of Maine-based enterprises and cultural endeavors, as well as bring the national spotlight to the state’s world-class business, intellectual, cultural, technological and natural assets.

“We are honored to help raise the visibility of the creative industries in Maine and invite other talent to join us here to launch their ideas.” says David Shaw, best known in Maine as founder of IDEXX Laboratories (IDEXX) and former Chair of The Jackson Laboratory. “Creativity is a powerful connection for Maine to the rest of the world. We are succeeding because of our ability to innovate and act; to make a positive impact.”

Close is an Emmy, Golden Globe, and Tony Award-winning actress; and a recent recipient of the 2012 Matrix Award for excellence by New York Women in Communication. Most recently, Close co-wrote, produced and starred in the feature film Albert Nobbs, in which she was nominated for her sixth Academy Award, as well as a Golden Globe and a SAG award. For her performance in this film, she also received the “Best Actress” award from the Tokyo Film Festival along with the Irish Film and Television Award for “Best Foreign Actress”. Premiering July 11th premiering on Direct TV she once again reprises her role of Patty Hughes in the 5th and final season of Damages; a role which has brought her two Emmys and a Golden Globe for “Outstanding Actress.”

In 2009, Close participated in the launch of, a not-for-profit organization committed to eradicating the stigma, prejudice and discrimination around mental illness in partnership with the leading mental health organizations in the U.S. and around the world. She actively supports Puppies Behind Bars and their Dog Tags program, on which she co-directed, narrated and co-produced Pax, a documentary. In addition, she is a member of the Conservation Council of Panthera, leaders in wildcat preservation and is a Trustee Emeritus of The Sundance Institute, having served as a Board Member for 16 years.

Shaw founded IDEXX in Portland, Maine in 1983 and remained its CEO until 2001. What began as a small company on the Portland waterfront is now the global leader in its industry, with revenues exceeding $1 billion, and a staff of more than 5,000 people throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia. The success of IDEXX has been widely recognized, including an induction into the Life Sciences Hall of Fame. In addition to his involvement in numerous entrepreneurial businesses, Shaw has demonstrated a passionate commitment to public service throughout his career. His non-profit board service has included the National Parks Foundation, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (treasurer), the Sargasso Sea Alliance, Maine Medical Center, the Center for Public Leadership at the Kennedy School of Government, the US-Israel Science and Technology Commission, The Jackson Laboratory and others. Most recently, Shaw received an honorary doctoral degree from Colby College.

About Maine Center for Creativity
Through its support of arts and industry collaborations, the Maine Center for Creativity (MCC) harnesses the power of talent and innovation to drive economic development and growth of the creative economy. By developing projects and educational programs that support the vibrancy of creative industries and the arts, MCC nurtures innovative companies, engaged communities and creative people.

One of MCC’s primary goals is to build awareness of, and visibility for, Maine as a place where creativity and innovation thrive. Among its many educational and creative projects, MCC initiated and collaborated with Sprague Energy, the renowned Art All Around® international design competition and public art project. When completed, eight Sprague oil storage tanks along South Portland’s waterfront will have been transformed into colorful works of art, visible from air, land, and sea. This year, Art All Around® will receive the Guinness Book of World Records award for the largest painted work of art in the world. For more information visit or call 207-730-0694.

About IDEXX Laboratories
IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. is a leader in pet healthcare innovation, serving practicing veterinarians around the world with a broad range of diagnostic and information technology-based products and services. IDEXX products enhance the ability of veterinarians to provide advanced medical care, improve staff efficiency and build more economically successful practices. IDEXX is also a worldwide leader in providing diagnostic tests and information for livestock and poultry and tests for the quality and safety of water and milk. Headquartered in Maine, IDEXX employs more than 5,000 people and offers products to customers in over 100 countries.


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