After I posted about the new painting faculty at Connecticut College, Brooklyn College and Rutgers University yesterday, I got a note from Sharon Horvath, associate professor at SUNY Purchase, reporting that the School of Art and Design has added three full-time professors to their painting faculty as well. After what I imagine was an exhausting search, they selected Matthew Bollinger, Cynthia Lin, and Beth Livensperger.
The SUNY hires all use traditional drawing and painting skills in their art practices, which, on a visual level, are engaged with the dialogue between representation and abstraction. Each has had career success with grants, awards and residencies, but none could be considered an "art star" in the commercial gallery world. All solid picks, the selection indicates that Purchase is investing in potential, opting for strong teaching and dedication to painting (not a combination of painting with newer media) rather than gallery affiliation or critical attention.
Based in Queens, Beth has been teaching at SUNY as an adjunct lecturer since 2010. She earned her BFA at Cooper Union in 2001 and an MFA in painting and printmaking at Yale in 2008. In 2007 she received a Radius Fellowship, an award for emerging artists sponsored by the Aldrich Museum. Although Beth hasn't had any notable solo shows in commercial galleries, she had a show at Abrons Art Center at Henry Street Settlement where she was a resident artist, and she has participated in numerous group outings, including shows at Active Space in Bushwick and The Painting Center in Chelsea. Beth also taught as an adjunct at Adelphi University Department of Art and Art History.
Congratulations to both the new professors and to SUNY Purchase. If only more administrators realized that hiring more full-time faculty (instead of relying on adjuncts) ultimately makes universities stronger.
Who got hired? A few new painting professors (August 24, 2012)
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