Dennis Scholl, a 10-time regional Emmy winner, visited a museum for the first time as a freshman at Florida International University.
Four decades later, that museum — the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum — honored Scholl with the Art Transforms award for the impact he’s had on the art community over the years.
The May 13 event concluded with a personal tour of the exhibition Marking the Infinite: Contemporary Women Artists from Aboriginal Australia, which was largely curated from the Scholls, who have the largest private collection of aboriginal artwork in the United States.
Scholl previously oversaw $200 million of arts funding in his leadership position at the Knight Foundation. There, he pioneered Random Acts of Culture, where accomplished artists and performers took to the streets for impromptu performances. A documentary on the project won a 2015 Suncoast Emmy, one of 10 Scholl has been awarded.