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Sculptor Johnathan Latiano ’06 to present Annual Ackerman Lecture at Moravian

Johnathan LatianoBethlehem, Pa., March 17, 2014—Award-winning installation sculptor Johnathan Latiano '06 will present the annual Rose and Rudy Ackerman Lecture at Moravian College on Wednesday, March 19, at 4:15 p.m. The talk will be held in in the Priscilla Payne Hurd Academic Complex (PPHAC), Room 102. It is open to the public and admission is free of charge. Latiano’s surreal work incorporates elements of biology, astronomy, physics and geology to create surreal spaces and dreamlike experiences. His work has been exhibited in Baltimore, Maryland, Washington D.C., New York City and London, England. His works of art create contrasts of abstract human intuition with the reality of our natural environment. In May of this 2013, Latiano was the recipient of the 2013 Mary Sawyers Baker Prize.

Latiano currently resides and works in Baltimore, Maryland and teaches at The Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington D.C. Latiano received his .B.A in studio art from Moravian in 2006 and his Masters in Fine Art from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2012. For more information, visit http://www.jonathanlatiano.com/.

The Rose and Rudy Ackerman Visiting Lecture Series was initiated 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.

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.

Moravian College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact the Art Office at 610-961-1680 prior to the event.

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.