Department of Craft/Material Studies Chair Sonya Clark is one of six to be awarded honorary degrees from Amherst College during its 194th Commencement ceremony on May 24, 2015. Other recipients include Eric Carle, Jim Ansara, Alice Rivlin, Pardis Sabeti and Paul Smith. Clark received her BA from Amherst College.
Department of Kinetic Imaging Professor Stephen Vitiello will receive the 2015 Distinguished Alumni award from Purchase College, SUNY at an upcoming commencement ceremony. Vitiello received a BA in Literature as a member of the Purchase College class of 1986. During his senior year, Vitiello interned in a video program at MOMA where he realized his interests in literature, film and music could converge in video art. From there, his work has been internationally recognized and has been featured at the Whitney Museum, MASS MoCA, the High Line and the Sydney Biennial.
The National Art Education Association has named Virginia Commonwealth University’s Melanie Buffington, Ph.D., the 2015 National Higher Education Teacher of the Year.
Buffington, assistant professor and graduate programs coordinator in the VCU School of the Arts’ Department of Art Education, has current research interests that include museum education, emerging technologies, culturally responsive pedagogy, contemporary art, service-learning and pre-service teacher preparation. She also has taught middle school art and interned in numerous museums.
The NAEA comprises visual arts educators. Members include primary, secondary and higher educators, researchers and scholars, teaching artists and students.
The American Dance Festival announced that Dr. James Frazier has joined the ADF Board of Directors. Frazier serves as a Visiting Evaluator for the dance accrediting body, the National Association of Schools of Dance and he held the elected offices of President and Secretary of the Council of Dance Administrators. He also serves as Co-chair of the Diversity Task Force of the International Council of Fine Arts Deans, sits on the board of the American College Dance Association (ACDA), and maintains an ongoing relationship with the New York based performance ensemble Urban Bush Women, assisting on special projects.
Dr. Frazier’s past appointments include Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance History at Florida State University, Associate Artistic Director at Dance Institute of Washington (DC), and Publicity Coordinator for the Urban Bush Women Summer Dance Institute (1998 and 1999), as well as adjunct appointments as a dance instructor at Florida A&M University, Florida State University, Temple University, and Montgomery College (MD).
Associate Dean Susan K. Roth was re-elected to a second term on the NASAD Commission during the 70th Annual Meeting held in Minneapolis. NASAD, the National Association of Schools of Art and Design is the national accrediting agency for art, design and related disciplines recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, with more than 320 institutional members.