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Penn State laureate visits campus

10/5/2012 —


Talk Focused on How Wisdom is Revealed at the Intersection of Art and Life

Penn State Laureate Christopher Staley led a discussion about "Art and Life: Where They Intersect," on Sept. 28, at Penn State New Kensington. Staley’s lecture focused on how wisdom is revealed at the intersection of art and life.

Staley, distinguished professor of ceramic arts at the University Park campus, addressed how living in a time of unprecedented change has affected how we relate to objects, and each other and our sense of place. He also explored questions such as how our sense of time has been affected, how does art provide a unique perspective on how we live, and what is the difference between representation and presentation?

He is the fifth Penn State laureate, succeeding Linda Miller, professor of English at Penn State Abington. Miller, Robin Becker, professor of English and women's studies, and inaugural laureate Kim Cook, professor of music in cello, have previously visited the campus.

The laureate is a full-time University faculty member in the humanities or fine arts who is assigned for one academic year to bring an enhanced level of social, cultural, artistic and human perspective and awareness to a broad array of audiences. The laureate is a highly visible representative of Penn State who appears regularly at events University-wide and throughout the Commonwealth at community and statewide events.

Staley joined the University faculty in 1990, teaching ceramics in the School of Visual Arts. His ceramic pieces are included in the International Museum of Ceramic Art, Fuping, China; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England; and the Smithsonian National Museum of American Art, Washington D.C., among others. He is a member of the International Academy of Ceramics, based in Geneva, Switzerland, and serves as chair of the board of directors at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, an international craft school in Deer Isle, Maine. In February 2012, he gave a talk at the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad, India.

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