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Rudy Ackerman and Renzo Faggioli Receive Arts Ovation Awards

(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) – The Allentown Arts Commission has named two Moravian College art professors as recipients of a 2004 Arts Ovation Award. Dr. Rudy Ackerman received the Overall Arts Ovation Award, and Mr. Renzo Faggioli earned the Arts Ovation Award for Visual Arts. Both professors will be presented with their awards on Thursday, April 29 at 12 p.m. at the Crown Plaza in Allentown.

Ackerman, an Emeritus professor of art and Priscilla Payne Hurd professor of arts and humanities at Moravian College, was honored, along with his wife Rose, for five decades of unwavering commitment to teaching art, especially to disadvantaged children; for transforming the Baum School of Art from an educational center into an arts incubator; and for improving academics, business, and architecture in Allentown.

“I am greatly appreciative and honored to have received this award,” said Dr. Ackerman, also executive director of the Baum School of Art in Allentown. “I owe this award to the late Dean James Heller who made it possible for me to teach at both Moravian College and the Baum School of Art. In fact, he encouraged it. This award is for him, and it is something I will always cherish.”

Ackerman previously received an Arts Ovation Award for Service to the Community in 1993 as well as a service award from the Bethlehem Fine Arts Commission. He is included in Who’s Who in American Art and has conducted research for the U.S. Department of Education. A member of Moravian faculty since 1663, he retired as chair of the department in 2002.

Ackerman earned his B.S. from Kutztown University, his M.A. from Temple University, and his Ed.D. from Pennsylvania State University.

Faggioli was recognized for his remarkable ceramic fruits and forms, vessels and sculpture; for his constant presence in exhibitions in the Lehigh Valley, and for being a hands-on teacher who inspires his students through student collaboration. “Like any other person who wins an award, I was surprised,” said Faggioli. “I am pleased and honored to be recognized.”

This past summer, Faggioli was honored by his hometown of Florence, Italy with a similar art award. He is the ceramist-in-residence at Moravian College and a ceramics instructor

at the Baum School of Art. After attending the Scuola State Ceramica della Robbia in Florence, Italy, he pursued advanced study in the United States. Faggioli completed his studies at Alfred University and Carnegie-Mellon University. His work has been shown at many major exhibitions and shows throughout the eastern United States and Europe. Faggioli previously represented the United States in the Eighth Bienniale International de Ceramique d’Art in Vallauris, France, where he worked as an industrial designer for many years.