The Visual Arts Department at County College of Morris (CCM) has been selected as the recipient of the 2012 Outstanding Educator/School Award by the Arts Council of the Morris Area in recognition of its success in helping students to unleash their creative talent.
Katherine Stroh of Randolph nominated the program based on her experiences as a Visual Arts student at CCM.
“The faculty members of the Visual Arts Department are dedicated, concerned, tireless and caring professionals. They are award-winning, exhibiting artists,” said Stroh. “But the students of the Visual Arts Department are the real winners. They receive professional and creative direction that lands them successful careers or that allows them to transfer to top art schools, design schools and universities.”
In notifying department Chair Clayton Allen about the award, the Arts Council noted, “This award is given in recognition of the outstanding accomplishments of the Visual Arts Department of the County College of Morris in furthering the education of students in the arts.”
The award will be presented to the Visual Arts Department at the Art Council’s “Celebrate the Arts” event on Tuesday, April 10, at The Mansion on the Farleigh Dickinson University campus in Madison. That program begins with a reception at 5 p.m. followed by a presentation and awards ceremony at 6 p.m.
“We’re delighted to have the Visual Arts Department recognized this way,” said Allen. “The faculty here really is outstanding, as are our students. It’s an honor to be here at CCM. I work with great people and I get to see so many amazing success stories. We really accomplish a lot in the two years that our students are here.”
The Visual Arts Department at CCM offers four majors: an Associate in Applied Science in Photography or Graphic Design, and an Associate in Fine Arts in Visual Arts or Design. CCM Visual Arts graduates have gone on to the Corcoran School of Art and Design in Washington DC, the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York University, Parsons and Pratt in Manhattan, and Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY.
Earlier this year, the University of the Arts in Philadelphia (UArts) invited the CCM Fine Arts and Photography faculty to put on an exhibition in its galleries. “That invitation was extended by UArts because it has been so impressed by the talent and skills of the CCM graduates who have transferred there,” noted Allen. Along with the exhibit, UArts also has established an articulation agreement with CCM to make it easier for CCM graduates to transfer to the university.