December 6, 2012
Craig elected 2012-1013 Wampler eminent professor
Geraldine Craig, head of the department of art, was invited to be the 2012-2013 Dorothy Liskey Wampler eminent professor at the School of Art, Design and Art History at James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.
Previous Wampler professors make up a select list of distinguished artists and scholars, and include Bill Viola, Peter Plagens, Lucy Lippard, Xu Bing, Clarence Morgan, James Wines, Donald Kuspit, Suzi Gablik and the Women’s Studio Workshop.
Craig visited the James Madison University campus in the fall and presented two lectures: A public lecture on contemporary art and a lecture for art students on Hmong textiles as alternate text. She also was asked to do individual graduate critiques with the master of fine arts candidates.
Craig was selected for the Wampler distinguished professorship by nomination and elected by the faculty from a select pool of nominations. As part of the selection process, she submitted a dossier of research accomplishment and an abstract for her public lecture. The lecture, “Why Materials Matter,” considered influences of embodied sensory experience as exemplified through an artist’s lived experience. The lecture included historical examples and contemporary works in multiple genres from the last 30 years, considering innovation in materials and craftsmanship such as black lace, shredded audio tape and zeros and ones.