Honorary Degree Recipients
One of Italy's greatest living philosophers, Gianni Vattimo is the author of Art's Claim to Truth, Of Reality: The Purposes of Philosophy, and Farewell to Truth, to name but a few of his many publications. He served as a member of the European Parliament from 2009 to 2014.
Long known as a leading Master Printmaker, Professor Holton has exhibited his work throughout the world, and his paintings, drawings, and prints are held major museums and collections in the U.S. and abroad. His most recent solo exhibition, Journey: The Artistry of Curlee Raven Holton, was held at the University of Maryland University College.
A photo conceptual artist who has exhibited throughout the U.S. and abroad. His work is in numerous public collections including The Museum of Modern Art New York, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Brooklyn Museum, The High Museum of Art and the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC.
Leading Maine painter, printmaker, and installation artist Alison Hildreth shows at the June Fitzpatrick Gallery in Portland, Maine. Her works are collected in the New York Public Library, the Metropolitan Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, Wellesley College, Smith College, and the Boston Public Library.
As a couple Carl Lawrence Decker and Carol Scribner have devoted their lives to the worldwide advancement of art and knowledge.
Celebrating our tenth anniversary and accreditation, six honorary degrees were awarded in 2016.
Probably best known for his contribution to the development of New Historicism, Stephen Greenblatt is John Cogan University Professor of the Humanities, Harvard University. A world leading Renaissance scholar, he received the Pulitzer Prize for his recently published, The Swerve: How the World Become Modern.
Ewa Ziarek is Julian Park Professor of Comparative Literature and Founder and Director of Humanities Institute, SUNY Buffalo, and author of An Ethics of Dissensus.
Ted Coons is Professor of Psychology, Cognition & Perception at the Center for Neural Science at New York University (NYU), arriving there in 1965. He is a pioneer in the field of neuroscience and a major contributor to early studies in neuroaesthetics.
Contemporary African-American artist, photographer, curator, photographic historian, author; Chair of Department of Photography and Imaging, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU; MacArthur Fellow.
European philosopher. Recent books include, On resistance: a philosophy of defiance and Levinas and the Political. Professor of Modern European Philosophy, Kingston University, London.
American artist, feminist, founding member of the Heresies Collective. Represented in Brooklyn Museum, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Jewish Museum, MIT List Visual Arts Center.
Painter, Professor of Art, Former Dean, Hartford Art School, represented in Metropolitan Museum of Art, Guggenheim, The Whitney Museum of American Art, and MoMA.
World-renowned artist, architect and filmmaker. His work can be found in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art and Guggenheim Museum, New York, the MCA in Chicago, MOCA and LACMA in Los Angeles, the Tate in London, the Center Georges Pompidou in Paris and dozens of other institutions and private collections worldwide.
Late curator and critic Holly Block was former Executive Director of The Bronx Museum of the Arts. Among her many innovations and achievements at the Bronx Museum, she guided its management of smARTpower, an international fellowship program for U.S. artists supported by the U.S. Department of State. She is the author of Art Cuba: The New Generation, and the co-commissioner of the United States Pavilion at the 2013 Venice Biennial, featuring artist Sarah Sze.
For our inaugural commencement ceremony in 2013, seven honorary degrees were awarded.
Paul Armstrong is former Dean of the College, Brown University, where he is currently Professor of English. Books include Play and the Politics of Reading: The Social Uses of Modernist Form (Cornell UP, 2005) and How Literature Plays with the Brain: The Neuroscience of Reading and Art (Johns Hopkins 2013).
Eric Kandel won the Nobel Prize in physiology in 2003. He is a professor of biochemistry and biophysics at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. His most recent book is The Age of Insight: The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind, and Brain.
Mildred Glimcher has long been associated with Pace Galleries, New York. An art historian, her most recent publication is Happenings: New York, 1958-1963.
Julie Mehretu is one of the world’s preeminent contemporary artists. She received a MacArthur Fellowship in 2005.
Susan Stewart is Avalon Foundation University Professor in the Humanities and director of the Society of Fellows, Princeton University. A leading American poet and philosopher, her recent books include The Poet’s Freedom and The Open Studio.
John Rajchman is Professor of Philosophy, Columbia University, and author of The Deleuze Connections. He is co-author of French Philosophy Since 1945.
David Driskell was elected to the National Academy in 2000 and honored at the University of Maryland by the establishment of the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora in 2001. David Driskell received the IDSVA Prize in 2009.