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Two art and design professors awarded tenure, promotions

Leslie Bellavance, dean of the School of Art and Design at Alfred University, has announced tenure appointments and promotion to associate professor for two faculty members, M. Michelle Illuminato and Stephanie McMahon.

Illuminato, chair of the Foundation Division, is an artist who creates events, public exchanges, and artworks to help reveal the complicated, and often contradictory relationship, among people, their culture, and the land they live on. In addition to social geography, Illuminato’s recent work has explored cookery, collecting, and tourism.

She earned a master of fine arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a bachelor of fine arts degree from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh.

 Her most recent activity includes exhibiting at the Wild Food Cook-Off and participating in a panel discussion, both at the Open Engagement Conference, Portland State University, Portland, OR in 2010; and in 2009 being featured on the cover and in an article in Frontiers, a Journal of Women’s Studies.

 Illuminato is a regional coordinator for F.A.T.E. Foundations in Art: Theory and Education and a member of the College Art Association.

 McMahon, chair of the Division of Painting, uses the “unpredictable phenomena of nature as a structure for my investigation in painting and abstraction.”

 She earned a bachelor of fine arts degree/Studio Art from College of Ceramics at Alfred University and a master of fine arts degree in painting from the University of Texas-Austin.

Recent exhibitions include 2010 displays in “Revisiting Beauty,” Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, CA; “Red Horse Press Print Show,” Oxbow Gallery, Northampton, MA; and the “Knickerbocker Art Show 2010,” Reverol & Co. Contemporary Art, New Rochelle, NY.

McMahon served as an honors thesis field examiner at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY, in 2009. Also in 2009, she was awarded Best of Alternative and Mixed Media at the Southern Tier Biennial.

Founded in 1836, Alfred University became the first coeducational institution in New York State and the second in the nation. About 2,000 full-time undergraduate and 400 graduate students work and live in 52 buildings on a scenic 232-acre hillside campus adjoining the village of Alfred.

The University is comprised of the privately endowed College of Professional Studies, housing the School of Business and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, as well as the state-sponsored College of Ceramics housing the Kazuo Inamori School of Engineering and the School of Art and Design. Bachelor, master and doctoral degrees are awarded.