California Museum Honors New Hall of Fame Inductees

On Wednesday, March 20 I witnessed my first red carpet experience at the 7th Annual California Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the California Museum in Sacramento. I had no idea what to expect, but the experience I had will be one I will never forget. It was a magnificent and inspiring event with a group of genuine and modest inductees.

As I viewed the event from outside the California Museum, I was surrounded by fans that cheered and expressed their adoration for the inductees. Many famous faces graced the red carpet on 10th and O Streets in Sacramento, including Dina Eastwood, the wife of actor and previous inductee Clint Eastwood, as well as inductees and their families. Inductees to the 7th class included actor, director and producer Warren Beatty; football legend Joe Montana; innovative filmmakers the Warner Brothers; labor activist Dolores Huerta; scientist  Gregory Bateson; Native Californian Ishi; and designers Charles and Ray Eames.

California Governor Jerry Brown awarded these 11 inductees in an official State of California ceremony where they were presented a “Spirit of California” medal and their accomplishments were permanently recorded in the California State Archives. At the awards ceremony, many accepted awards on behalf of inductees who have since passed. James Hayward represented Ishi; Nora Bateson Represented George Bateson; Cass Warner Sperling represented The Warner Brothers; and Eames Demetrios, Lucia Eames and grandson Guthrie represented Charles and Ray Eames.

In honor of inductee Ray Eames, the California Museum is currently hosting a short-term exhibit in on her behalf. The exhibit “Ray Eames: A Century of Modern Design” will be open through February 23, 2014, and features information about her early life, career before meeting husband and designer Charles, and chronicles well-known projects that provide insight on Ray’s ground-breaking role in a time when opportunities for women in the arts were limited. Visitors can view Ray’s 60-year career in the arts with over 100 original works and artifacts. She was one of the 20th Century’s most influential artists and designers who still makes an impact on today’s design industry.

The California Hall of Fame is the Museum’s signature program that aims to raise funds for all of the Museum’s operations, exhibits and programs for the year. It also intends to inspire visitors through the display of artifacts from the inductees and educate over 50,000 school children annually with the diverse stories of the inductee’s achievements.  

The California Hall of Fame did a wonderful job in creating a memorable night. The event inspired everyone in attendance to embrace the “Spirit of California.”

By Caity Heim