Distinguished VCUarts Professor Sonya Clark has been promoted to commonwealth professor, one of the highest honors that can be granted to a university employee, in recognition of her exemplary contributions to teaching, research and public service.
Clark, who served as chair the Department of Craft/Material Studies from 2006 through 2017, was awarded a universitywide Distinguished Scholars Award in 2016 and is a renowned artist whose work has been exhibited in more than 350 museums and galleries in the Americas, Africa, Asia, Europe and Australia.
“I came to VCU because it seemed fertile ground for art to spread its roots widely. My supposition proved accurate. Here I am, over a decade later, filled with deep gratitude for all who made this prestigious award a possibility,” Clark said. “I am truly grateful to be a recipient of this honor. Though within the context of this vibrant art community, the recognition doesn’t feel singular. The award serves as evidence of the contributions artists collectively make to this university’s research agenda and the overall well-being of our humanity. Together, I hope we will keep acknowledging and supporting the work art does to create dialog, to imbue us with empathy and to engender progress.”
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