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Faculty and Staff Footnotes

November–December 2014

Announcements, Appointments, Awards, Grants, and Prizes
Conferences, Presentations, Panels, and Educational Programs
Recordings, Films, Exhibitions, Performances, and Media Appearances

Announcements, Appointments, Awards, Grants, and Prizes

  • Stella Ebner, assistant professor of art and design (printmaking), won the Art in Print Prix de Print for her self-published 2014 screenprint, Cartier Window. In this bimonthly competition for Art in Print subscribers, a single blind entry work is selected by an external juror to be the subject of a brief essay. Coincidentally, Faye Hirsch, visiting associate professor of art and design (MFA program), served as the juror.
  • Steve Lambert, associate professor of new media, is pleased to announce that his Center for Artistic Activism received a $162,000 grant from the Open Society Foundations to continue training grassroots activists, primarily in Eastern Europe and Africa, working on public health.
  • Warren Lehrer, professor of art and design (graphic design), has received his seventh award—the 2014 USA Best Book Award in the category of Best New Fiction—for A Life in Books: The Rise and Fall of Blue Mobley.
  • Jason Pine, assistant professor of media, society, and the arts, has received a subvention award from the Leonard Hastings Schoff Publication Fund of the University Seminars at Columbia University for the Italian translation by Donzelli Editore of his book, The Art of Making Do in Naples.

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Conferences, Presentations, Panels, and Educational Programs

  • Tega Brain, visiting assistant professor of new media, presented a public lecture, The Art of Eccentric Engineering, in the Pratt Digital Art Lecture Series on September 24 at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y. At the Feral Experimental Symposium, held at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia (August 20–22), Brain presented the paper “The Phenology Clock: Other Perspectives on Time” and gave a public workshop on the Phenology Clock, a collaborative project with Natalie Jeremijenko. The Phenomenology Clock was also included in the Feral Experimental exhibition at UNSW Galleries.
  • Anthony Domestico, assistant professor of literature, co-organized the conference “Christianity and Culture and Criticism and …” held at Villanova University on November 13–14. At the conference, he delivered the paper “Clampitt and the Cloisters.”
  • Judith Dupré, lecturer in liberal studies, gave a talk at the Skyscraper Museum in New York City on November 19 about her recent award-winning publication, Skyscrapers.
  • Geoffrey Field, professor of history, chaired a session and presented a response to three papers by UK scholars on the theme of “Education, Class and Meritocracy in Twentieth Century Britain” at the North American Conference on British Studies annual meeting in Minneapolis on November 7.
  • Steve Lambert, associate professor of new media, presented his work as a guest speaker and visiting artist at Grand Valley State University in Michigan this past November.
  • Keith Landa, director of the Teaching, Learning, and Technology Center, presented a talk/demonstration, “Do-it-yourself Lecture Capture,” at the fall 2014 SUNY Wizard conference on November 18 in Syracuse, N.Y.
  • Susanne Markgren, digital services librarian, presented “Career Management: Planning, Creating, and Sharing” as an invited speaker at the Special Libraries Association (SLA) Hudson Valley Chapter annual meeting on November 19 in Tarrytown, N.Y.
  • Christopher Robbins, assistant professor of art and design (sculpture), presented and exhibited with Ghana ThinkTank co-founder John Ewing at the 2014 Creative Time Summit on November 14–15 in Stockholm, Sweden.
  • Jordan Schildcrout, assistant professor of theatre and performance, was an invited speaker on November 6 at Cornell University for a mini-symposium on Broadway revivals. His talk, focusing on his current research on long-running Broadway plays, was titled, “Come Back to the Fulton Theatre, Anne Nichols, Anne Nichols: The Life, Death, and After-Life of Abie’s Irish Rose.” Schildcrout also gave a reading from his new book, Murder Most Queer: The Homicidal Homosexual in the American Theater (Univ. of Michigan Press), on December 3 at the book launch party, held at the Bureau of General Services, Queer Division, at the LGBT Community Center in New York City.

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  • Michael Bell-Smith, assistant professor of new media, had his exhibition Rabbit Season, Duck Season at Foxy Production (October 10–November 26) reviewed online by Animal and Artcritical. It was also selected as an Art Forum Critic’s Pick.
  • Stephen A. Cooke, associate professor of chemistry, published an article with A.K. Minei, “The Pure Rotational Spectrum of 1,1,2,2,3-Pentafluorocyclobutane and Applications of Singular Value Decomposition Signal Processing,” in the Journal of Molecular Spectroscopy, Vol. 306, December 2014, p. 37–41.
  • Anthony Domestico, assistant professor of literature, published a profile/essay, “Blessings in Disguise: The Unfashionable Genius of Marilynne Robinson,” in Commonweal on November 6.
  • Judith Dupré, lecturer in liberal studies, is pleased to announce the publication of the 20th-anniversary edition of The Heart of the Beast (Dynamite Entertainment, August 2014), a graphic novel first published in 1994. It was co-written by Dean Motter and illustrated by Sean Phillips.
  • Geoffrey Field, professor of history, published a review of Mark Roodhouse’s Black Market Britain 1939–1955 (Oxford Univ. Press) in the English Historical Review, Vol. 129 (August 2014).
  • George P. Kraemer, professor of environmental studies and biology, has had an article co-written with Jang K. Kima, Yunxiang Maob, and Charles Yarish, “Growth and pigment content of Gracilaria tikvahiae under fluorescent and LED lighting,” accepted for publication in the journal Aquaculture (Vol. 436, January 20, 2015, p. 52–57).
  • Susanne Markgren, digital services librarian, published an article, “Managing Your Career: Start Planning, Creating, and Sharing,” on METRO’s website.
  • Mary Ellen Marks, academic advisor and lecturer in liberal studies, has three recent contributions to the online publication Hook: a profile on five alumni, “Mission Accomplished: Five Dominican College Alumni of Distinction” (November/December 2014); a profile on the artist/teacher Eleanor Miller’s Advanced Painting class at Rockland Center for the Arts, “Course of Artistic Discovery” (May/June 2014); and a profile on artist Sue Barrasi, “A Natural Calling” (March/April 2014).
  • Rachel McCain, lecturer in humanities, recently published the inaugural issue of the Blue Door Quarterly Journal, a literary and art publication created by Blue Door Gallery with support from a Yonkers Cultural Arts Initiative Grant from ArtsWestchester. Although the journal was created to encourage artistic expression from Yonkers residents, anyone can submit to the publication, regardless of residency.

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Recordings, Films, Exhibitions, Performances, and Media Appearances

  • Michael Bell-Smith, assistant professor of new media, performed with curator/artist Gordon Hall on November 18 at Foxy Production in New York City as part of arts nonprofit Boffo’s experimental conversation series.
  • Matt Bollinger, visiting assistant professor of art and design (painting and drawing), has a solo exhibition, Reading Rooms, on view at Zürcher Studio in New York City (November 28, 2014–January 25, 2015). His work is also included in the group exhibition Image Makers at Novella Gallery (December 10, 2014–January 10, 2015).
  • Tega Brain, visiting assistant professor of new media, recently presented work in two group shows: Systema, Zhulong Gallery, Dallas, Texas (October 25–November 20), and Heavily Scripted, Little Berlin, Philadelphia, Penn. (October 3–25). She also received a commission from the Science Gallery Dublin for The Archive of Old and New Events, a work in the Strange Weather exhibition (July 7–October 5).
  • Deborah Buck, assistant professor of music (violin), was the guest artist at the Manchester Music Festival in Manchester, Vermont, on November 29 and guest soloist at the Summit Symphony Fall Concert with the Summit Symphony Orchestra, led by guest conductor Stephen Somary, at the Summit High School, N.J., on November 23. As first violinist for the Lark Quartet and guest percussionist Youisif Sheronick, Buck performed at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn., on November 4; the Cranbrook Music Guild in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., on November 5; and the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center in Florida on November 7.
  • Lenora Champagne, professor of theatre and performance, performed in the U.S. premiere of Fernando Rubio’s Everything by my side at Hudson River Park’s Pier 54 in the Crossing the Line 2014 festival, produced by PS122 and the French Institute/Alliance Française (September 26–28). The production was reviewed in the New York Times on September 26; audience reactions can be viewed on Vimeo. She will perform the work again in its July 2015 production at Bard College. Champagne also performed an excerpt from her new work, Traps, on October 21 at the Chocolate Factory in Long Island City in the performance development series THROW, curated by Sarah Maxfield, and performed on November 17 in a reading of Khadijah Queen’s play Non-Sequitur, winner of the 2014 Leslie Scalapino Award for Innovative Women Performance Writers, directed by Fiona Templeton, at the New Ohio Theatre in New York City.
  • Donna Dennis, professor emerita of art and design (sculpture), has work exhibited at the PULSE Miami Beach Contemporary Art Fair at the Mixed Greens booth (December 4–7).
  • Joseph Ferry, professor of music (studio production), played bass on the new album by the hip-hop phenomenon and alumna Adrienne Mack-Davis (’10). The album was recorded at Acme Studios, which is owned by Peter Denenberg, assistant professor of music, and engineered by Purchase alumni Dan Kottmann and Dan Stringer.
  • Steve Lambert, associate professor of new media, collaborated with Scott Vermeire on a video performance for the NewBridge Project and the 404th Wall, a satellite project of 20th International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA) in Dubai (October 30–November 8). Their project was a 30-minute deadpan tech-support video that would play when the program’s streaming connection to Dubai went down.

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Many of the above activities are supported by funds for faculty development generously provided by Eugene and Emily Grant, and by the Purchase College Foundation.

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