Dennis Congdon and Lane Myers awarded 2010 Frazier Award

At the 2010 Commencement exercises Dennis Congdon (Professor, Painting) and Lane Myers (Senior Critic, Sculpture) were awarded the Frazier Award of Excellence in Teaching.

From the Provost’s comments at Commencement: “Lane Myer, as Senior Critic in Furniture Design, Industrial Design & Sculpture, you have shared your many talents with the RISD community since 1995. A resourceful & energetic teacher, you tap into your exceptionally wide range of professional experiences & expertise – from drawing, painting & sculpture to interior design, furniture & public art. Your students clearly value your intellect, technical skills & knowledge of art history. But they also appreciate your generosity, your “gentle yet brilliant wit” & your “wonderful sense of humor.” Lane, in appreciation of your incredible versatility & consummate creative spirit, we are pleased to present you with the 2010 John R. Frazier Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Dennis Congdon as Professor of Painting you have changed the lives of countless RISD students since your arrival in 1984. An extraordinary painter, incredible teacher & quirky genius, you clearly connect with members of the RISD community in lasting ways. Your students appreciate you for encouraging critical thinking & providing “a positive, challenging & supportive atmosphere – the best possible environment for learning.” They note that your support & encouragement extends well beyond the studio. “Dennis is there for you not just for the semester,” one student explained. “He makes a much longer commitment to you.” Dennis, for all that you do for our community & to help RISD’s talented students to reach their full potential, we are pleased to present you with the 2010 John R. Frazier Award for Excellence in Teaching.”

The Award, which was instituted in 1978, is named for John Frazier, Class of 1909 and Chairman of the Fine Arts Division, and President 1955-1962. As President, Frazier instituted collegial ranks for Faculty, began the movement towards a tenure system, and revived faculty meetings that resulted in an independent faculty organization (1960) and a system of governance based upon administration and faculty committees (1962). He oversaw RISD’s first capital campaign “Design for a Decade,” which resulted in the construction of the Waterman Street dormitories and Metcalf Refectory in 1959. The Board of Trustees approved the creation of a Graduate Program in 1957. RISD instituted the European Honors Program, based in Rome, in 1960. Frazier served as President of the Providence Art Club, 1945-1947.

Dennis Congdon, Division of Fine Arts, Faculty, Frazier Award, Lane Myers

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