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Lecture to feature Columbia University Art Educator Graeme Sullivan

Rose and Rudy S. Ackerman Visual Arts Lecture Series

Bethlehem, Pa., November 5, 2009—Art educator Graeme Sullivan will present “Art Practice as Research: New Roles for New Realities” at Moravian College on Wednesday, November 11 at 7:30 p.m. in Prosser Auditorium. This lecture is sponsored by the Rose and Rudy S. Ackerman Visual Arts Lecture Series. This talk is free of charge and open to the public.

Graeme Sullivan is an associate professor of Art Education, Department of Arts and Humanities, at Teachers College, Columbia University. He has written several books related to art as research. In Art Practice as Research: Inquiry in the Visual Arts, he describes “the reemergence of artists-theorists as important sources of vision and voice within the cultural politics of these times.”

Sullivan also leads by example. Operating under a cloak of semi-anonymity, he is the creator of “Streetworks”-“one-of-a-kind conceptual pieces that, as advertised, employ materials found in gutters and on sidewalks. That’s also more or less where the finished product returns, as Sullivan is fond of leaving his creations to be discovered in strange, out-of-the-way places: mounted on a deserted building at the corner of 11th Avenue and West 19th Street; attached to a dilapidated structure protruding over the Hudson River; adhered to the wall of a subway stop; or sitting innocently on the shelf in the south hall of the Rose Main Reading Room at the New York Public Library. And that’s just in New York City. Streetworks also have appeared in Boston, Venice, Tokyo, Beijing, the Bahamas and Sydney, Australia.

Rose and Rudy Ackerman Visiting Lecture Series was initiated  in 2005 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 former executive director of the Baum School of Art and currently servies as the director of collections and exhibitions.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America’s sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.