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Writer Claire Barliant to Present Annual Ackerman Lecture in Art

Bethlehem, Pa., November 14, 2008—Writer Claire Barliant will present a lecture for the Rose and Rudy Ackerman Lecture series on Wednesday, November 19, at 6:30 p.m. in Foy Concert Hall, located on Moravian College’s Priscilla Payne Hurd campus. Barliant, in a lecture titled “Personal Daze: One Critic’s Travels Through the Art World,” will outline her development as a critic, from her first epiphany, when she realized that she wanted to write about art, to her experiences in the art world as a professional art critic.  She will also discuss current issues related to contemporary art.

Barliant is a critic and curator currently based in Brooklyn. Her writing has appeared in Afterall, Artforum, Art News, Art on Paper, Food & Wine, Modern Painters, and the Village Voice and she is also senior editor of Modern Painters. She graduated from Smith College in 1997 and the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College in 2004. Her curatorial projects include "The Fact, Abstract," in 2006 at Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Programs in Long Island City, Queens. She has previously lectured at Dia: Beacon and the Bronx Museum of Art.

The Rose and Rudy Ackerman Visiting Lecture Series was initiated last year by an endowment established by the Ackermans to foster the arts. Visiting artists are invited to present lectures at the college by the chair of the Art Department after consultation with the art faculty.

Rudy Ackerman is professor emeritus of the Moravian College art department where he taught for 37 years before stepping down in 2000. Throughout his distinguished career at Moravian, he was instrumental in obtaining significant public and private grants to enhance the art department. Ackerman’s works in sculpture and paintings are on exhibition at the Bethlehem Civic Center Sculpture Garden, Lehigh and Penn State Universities, Moravian College, and in private collections. He was featured in “Who’s Who of American Art” and has conducted research for the U.S. Department of Education. In addition to teaching at Moravian, Ackerman is the executive director of the Baum School of Art and is active in community art events. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Kutztown State College (now Kutztown University), a Master of Arts degree from Temple University, and Doctor of Education degree from Penn State University.

Rudy and his wife Rose, who is director of operations and special events at the Baum School, were honored with the Allentown Arts Commission’s Overall Arts Ovation Award in 2004. The award honored five decades of the Ackermans’ unwavering commitment to teaching art, especially to disadvantaged children; transforming the Baum School of Art from an educational center into an arts incubator; and improving the academics, business, and architectural landscape of Allentown.

A reception for the artist will be hosted after the lecture.  The lecture is free and open to the public.