(OCALA, Fla.) Sept. 21, 2011 — The Florida Association of Museums will present the 2011 Outstanding Volunteer Award to Brenda Lytle, a docent and volunteer at the Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, at FAM’s annual conference in Tampa on Friday, Sept. 23.

Lytle has served 3,763 volunteer hours at the Appleton since 2007 and her duties have included education program development, special events, research, fundraisers and docent tours. Over the years, she has also received the Appleton Museum’s 2009 Docent of the Year and 2010 Volunteer of the Year awards.

Dr. John Lofgren, director of the Appleton, said, “I have been very fortunate to serve as a leader in various museums across our country for more than 35 years, and I have rarely met a volunteer as dedicated and awe-inspiring as Brenda Lytle. She is our volunteer par excellence at the Appleton Museum of Art. Her involvement spans the entire activities of the museum from being the most requested docent, to helping with research of our very eclectic permanent collection, to working on our fundraising events and exploring travel opportunities for our Trips ’N’ Tours program. Ms. Lytle is indeed a very rare individual who reflects the museum’s mission, which is to bring art and people together.”

Appleton Museum Educator Korene Wilbanks added, “Mrs. Lytle’s dedication to the Appleton is amazing. Her knowledge and expertise has in turn allowed the Appleton to give the gift of art education to countless visitors and students.”

When asked what it means to her to receive FAM’s 2011 Outstanding Volunteer Award, Lytle said, “I already knew that volunteering here at the Appleton was important, but receiving this award from the Florida Association of Museums validates what I do.” The Appleton is the first art museum Lytle has worked in although she has also volunteered at public libraries and the Senior PGA. “I thoroughly enjoy volunteering at the Appleton because there is always something new or different going on, and volunteering keeps me young,” she said.

The Florida Association of Museums is the not-for-profit professional organization for Florida’s museums and museum professionals. The mission of the association is to represent and address the needs of the museum community, enhancing the ability of museums to serve the public interest. The association encourages excellence it its members by promoting communication through which its members share information and resources, effect legislation and promote support of museums.

For information on volunteer opportunities at the Appleton Museum, contact Lara Sundberg at 352-291-4455, ext.1836, or email

Daily admission to the Appleton Museum is $6 for adults; $4 for seniors 55 or better and students 19 and over; $3 for youths ages 10-18; and free for members, CF students, children age 9 and under, and active military personnel and their immediate families.

The Appleton Museum of Art offers a year-round schedule of temporary exhibitions and special events as well as a world-class permanent collection of European, American and Contemporary art, plus Asian, African, Islamic and pre-Columbian artifacts and antiquities. The Appleton Museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays and closed on Mondays. A 12-month membership is available for $25 for seniors 55 and over, $30 for adults 18 and over, $40 for two seniors over age 55, $50 for a family of two adults and any children under age 18, and $15 for all college students and current or retired educators. Owned and operated by College of Central Florida, the Appleton Museum of Art is located at 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, east of downtown on SR40 (exit 352 east off I-75 or exit 268 west off I-95). For more information call the Appleton Museum of Art at 352-291-4455 or visit