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Currier receives Kruson Award for distinguished service
She was also one of two faculty members honored for 25 years’ service to Alfred University. The other was Alastair N. Cormack, professor of ceramic engineering in the Kazuo Inamori School of Engineering.
Provost William Hall announced the honors at the University’s annual Honors Convocation, explaining the award is presented “in recognition of long and dedicated service, commitment to academic quality, and a strong sense of humanity shown to students…. [Recipients] are “venerated by Alfred alumni and professionals beyond the Alfred community. [They are] “widely respected by the campus community, which includes students who have judged her to be an outstanding teacher, faculty colleagues and members of the administration.”
Recipients of the biennial award are selected by the academic deans.
“Since joining the faculty in 1985, Professor Currier’s contributions to the Division of Ceramic Art, the School of Art & Design, and Alfred University have amplified their impressive reputation,” said Hall. “Her career at Alfred University is characterized by energetic engagement in teaching, creative work and impressive service. She is acknowledged by her colleagues as a tireless leader, and by her students as an inspired teacher and mentor.”
Currier is a repeat recipient of excellence in teaching, receiving the Kruson Excellence in Teaching Awards from the University. AU’s Master of Fine Arts program in ceramic arts is consistently ranked number one in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.
Currier’s work is found in the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Renwick Gallery of the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; Musee des Arts Decortifs de Montreal, Quebec, Canada; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Kyung-ju, South Korea; the International Museum of Ceramic Art at Alfred; the Contemporary Museum in Honolulu and the Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts in Racine, WS, as well as in private collections.
She earned an MFA from the University of Washington in Seattle, and a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Cormack, who holds the Van Derck Frechette Chair of Ceramic Science, is on sabbatical in England and was unable to attend the ceremony. He was recognized as being “internationally renowned for his expertise in computer modeling of ceramic and glass materials,” with more than 150 peer-reviewed publications and a number of invited lectures around the world.
In addition to his work as a teacher, scholar and researcher, Cormack has served in several administrative posts, including two terms as dean of the School of Engineering and was founding dean when the Kazuo Inamori School of Engineering was created, drawing together the state-supported programs in biomedical materials engineering science, ceramic engineering, materials science engineering and glass science engineering and the privately endowed programs in electrical and mechanical engineering.