About the Rex Morgan Award
Honoring an SCFD Founder and Recognizing Volunteer Leaders
The Rex Morgan Award was initiated in 1998 to recognize residents whose leadership has made a significant impact on the arts, scientific and cultural community in the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District. Recipients must have advocated on behalf of the cultural community; demonstrated vision and persistence in pursuing goals to benefit the cultural community; promoted community participation in pursuing cultural objectives; worked as a volunteer supporting cultural initiatives or institutions; acted to benefit a municipality or county region[s]; initiated, collaborated, or supported innovative policies to enhance the regional cultural community.
Mr. Rex Morgan served as a leader, volunteer, and advocate who pursued a regional vision, SCFD, that was inclusive and for the benefit of the cultural community and the residents of the metropolitan area. He was a civic activist and trustee of the Denver Art Museum whose vision was to create a thriving cultural community for all citizens. During the 1980s, Rex Morgan and other community leaders lobbied the legislature, organized the original SCFD ballot initiative and championed implementation of the 0.1% retail sales and use tax.
Rex Morgan Tribute
The Rex Morgan Tribute is a sculpture commissioned by the Rex Morgan Tribute Committee in 2009. Colorado artist Patrick Marold was selected to create the site-specific sculpture installed on the Galleria Terrece at the Denver Performing Arts Complex in 2011. The work was funded solely through private donations from individuals, cultural organizations, foundations and corporations.