Convocation 2010
Convocation 2010

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Brian RansomThe Lloyd W. Chapin Award
Excellence in Scholarship and the Arts

September 8, 2010

The Lloyd W. Chapin Award for Excellence in Scholarship and the Arts, also established and funded by Signe and Tom Oberhofer, is named in honor of the College's long-serving and newly retired academic dean. Its purpose is to honor individual faculty members whose scholarship or creative art have made a significant contribution to the field in which they work. The recipient receives a citation and a check.

For over 30 solo exhibitions and 40 group exhibitions of your ceramic art in galleries and museums from California to New York to Florida;

For over 60 invited lectures and workshops on the art and craft of ceramics in such places as the Mendocino Art Center, the Penland School of Arts and Crafts, Harvard University, Tulane University, the University of Texas, the Westchester New York Art Center, and St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts;

For performances by your Ceramics Ensemble on clay instruments that you created in venues across the nation including recordings for the Smithsonian, the Public Broadcasting System, and the St. Louis Symphony;

For your leadership in the wider arts community as a member of the Pinellas Arts Commission, the Florida Craftsman Gallery Board of Directors, and the National Council for Education in the Ceramic Arts;

For inspiring your students to devote long hours to the potter's wheel and the kilns to learn how to turn clay into art;

And for your unique ability, in the words of the University of Utah Press, to make "sculpture sing, beautiful to see, and haunting to hear,"

Eckerd College presents The Lloyd W. Chapin Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Art to Brian Ransom, Professor of Visual Arts.

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