Site Specific Award: Patron of the Arts


Maureen MacNamara Barrett has lived in Nevada since 1974.  She moved here from the East Coast to raise her family and establish a career in advertising.


In 1987, she founded the Robert M. MacNamara Foundation in honor of her late father.  A 501(c)(3) non-profit, the organization is privately funded and has a threefold mission incorporating charitable, educational and scientific giving.  Initially, the Foundation provided merit awards to college juniors, seniors and graduate students.  A program to provide small grants to other non-profits followed. In 2002, an international artist residency was added.


Over the years, Maureen has served in a variety of capacities on boards including Nevada Institute for Contemporary Art, the Nevada School of the Arts, Allied Arts Council of Southern Nevada, the Nevada Museum of Art, and Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts.  Additionally, she was a City of Las Vegas Arts Commissioner for eight years.


Maureen is a recipient of the State of Nevada Governor's Arts Award for Distinguished Service. She also was honored by the Clark County Law Foundation for Pro Bono Projects.


Today Maureen continues her work with the Foundation and divides her time between Nevada and Maine.