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Professor John Sturgeon has been named the Lipitz Professor of the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences for Academic Year 2008-09. This professorship is supported by an endowment created by Roger C. Lipitz and the Lipitz Family Foundation "to recognize and support innovative and distinguished teaching and research in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County."
Professor Sturgeon is an internationally renowned and pioneering artist in video and new media technology. His exhibitions and installations have appeared in leading institutions in the United States and abroad, and his works are in collections in major museums and art institutions around the world, including the famed Museum of Modern Art in New York and the National Museum of American Art at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington. He has recently been selected as one of a small handful of pioneers in video art whose work will be archived in the J. Paul Getty Museum/Getty Research Institute at the Getty Center In Los Angeles, perhaps the most important art institution in the world. He has received fellowships and awards from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Fulbright Scholar Program and has served as visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome and Schwabisch Hall, Germany. He has also contributed as author and editor to a number of books, catalogs, and periodicals.
Professor Sturgeon will focus his efforts as Lipitz Professor on restoring some of his early works for transfer to the Getty Center and on completing two major new projects, both of them non-linear and poetic video narratives. He will deliver the annual Lipitz Lecture in Spring, 2009.
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