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Bethlehem, Pa., March 16, 2010—Visiting artist Chris Doyle will present a talk Thursday, March 25 at 7:00 p.m. in Peter Hall. A reception in Payne Gallery will follow the talk . The public is invited and admission is free of charge. The talk is sponsored by the Rose and Rudy Ackerman Lecture Series Fund which is funded by an endowment created by Rose and Rudy Ackerman to foster the arts.
Chris Doyle is a multidisciplinary artist based in Brooklyn, New York. In addition to recent solo exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, and at the Taubman Museum of Art, his work has been shown at The Brooklyn Museum of Art, MassMoCA, P.S.1 Museum of Contemporary Art, The Tang Museum, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Sculpture Center, and as part of the New York Video Festival at Lincoln Center. 50,000 Beds, a large-scale, collaborative video installation involving 45 artists was presented simultaneously by The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, Art-Space, New Haven, and Real Art Ways, Hartford. His work has been supported by grants from New York Foundation for the Arts, NYSCA, and the Creative Capital Foundation. He received his Bachelors degree in Fine Arts from Boston College and his Masters in Architecture from Harvard University.
Rudy Ackerman is professor emeritus of the Moravian College art department where he taught for 37 years before stepping down in 2000. Throughout his career at Moravian, he was instrumental in obtaining various public and private grants to benefit the art department. Ackerman’s works in sculpture and paintings are on display 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 holds 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 recognized five decades of their 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.
Peter Hall is located on the Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus, at the corner of Main and Church Streets in Bethlehem. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, call 610-861-1680.
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.