Between May 2011 and January 2012, Robert Hayden III wore four hats at the Laguna Art Museum.
During that seven-month stretch before Malcolm Warner settled in at LAM's helm, Hayden served as its interim director, its interim director of development and head of the search committee for a new executive director.
While he juggled those challenges, Hayden said he continued in his normal role of presiding over the museum's Board of Trustees. And he even managed to moonlight in the evenings in his regular job as chief financial officer for his family-run firm, Placentia-based Industrial Metal Finishing Inc.
All that work culminated in his being honored with the Arts Leadership award at Sunday's Art Star Awards in Laguna Beach, presented by the Laguna Beach Alliance for the Arts and hosted by [seven-degrees].
"I am really excited and honored by it," Hayden told the Coastline Pilot. "Mainly it shines a light on the positive momentum that we have going on at the Laguna Art Museum. I'm really happy about that."