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Faculty-Staff Achievements, Sept. 29, 2014

September 29, 2014


Big Diva by Katie DeGroot
Big Diva, by Katie DeGroot

Three Skidmore artists have art work included in the 2014 Exhibition by Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Region, open through Jan. 19, 2015, at the Albany Institute of History & Art.

Katie DeGroot, director of the College’s Summer Studio Art Program, received the Albany Institute of History & Art Purchase Award for Big Diva (2013), watercolor on paper, 72" x 52".  Two staff members of the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery— Ginger Ertz, museum educator for K-12 and community programs, and Elizabeth Karp, head museum registrar and collections manager, are also represented in the exhibition. Ertz's two works in the show are Babbling Brook (2012), made of chenille stems, plastic beads, polymer shelf-liner, which won the Austin & Company Award; and White Lava (2013), chenille stems. Karp, as part of Blacklight Lighthouse with Laura Frare, has a sound and video installation that includes three pieces, With warm wishes, It’s the subject of a new film, and Nubble Light, all from 2014. The juror this year was Stephen Westfall, a painter, critic, and co-chair of the painting department at the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, Bard College.

Babbling Brook, by Ginger Ertz
Babbling Brook, by Ginger Ertz


Jeff Segrave, professor of health and exercise sciences, gave several invited lectures during the spring,as follows: "The Modern Olympic Games: A Sochi Post-Mortem," Research Seminar Lecture Series, Department of Sport, Exercise, and Rehabilitation, Northumbria University, Newcastle, England, May 14; "Sport, the Olympic Games, and the Sociological Imagination," Graduate Seminar, Sport Development in Contemporary Society, Department of Sport, Exercise, and Rehabilitation, Northumbria University, May 14; and "The Modern Olympic Games: An Ideological Performance," Faculty of Physical Education and Sport Science, Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary, May 19.

Publications, Exhibitions
& Performances

Rick Chrisman, director of religious and spiritual life, is the author of a May 29 Letter to the Editor titled “Augustine Who?”  in The New York Times.

Evan Mack, visiting assistant professor, Department of Music, has an opera titled Beach and Moan which has been selected as one of this year’s six operas to be presented in the Hartford (Conn.) Opera Theater’s fifth annual “New in November” festival. The performance is scheduled at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9.

Greg Pfitzer, professor of American Studies, has a new book—his fourth. History Repeating Itself:  The Republication of Children’s Historical Literature and the Christian Right, has just been released by the University of Massachusetts Press. Read more.

Please send submissions to Andrea Wise, Office of Communications.