On Monday, April 10 at the CAAH Honors and Awards Ceremony, Dean Rick Goodstein, of the College of Architecture, Arts & Humanities, announced that associate professor Andrea Feeser was named Creativity Professors in the college. Feeser joins assistant professor Christina Hung as the second member of the art department to receive this prestigious distinction.
The Creativity Professorship specifically recognizes faculty members engaged in exemplary, creative teaching and/or research activities. António Damásio, professor of neuroscience and head of the Brain and Creativity Institutes at the University of Southern California stated, “anytime we produce something new, be it an architectural drawing, classroom curriculum, or a new approach to a business problem, the creative process is at work.”
The college intends to reward creativity in the classroom or studio, scholarship, artistic activity and/or multidisciplinary work. Since creativity can be defined differently according to each of the college’s diverse disciplines, the definition remains purposely broad and abstract. Each Creativity Professorship is a two-year appointment and is non-renewable. Each faculty member receives a $2,500 salary supplement and a $2,500 professional development stipend annually for the two-year period.
Feeser plans to use the award to consult specialized libraries, notably the Charles W. Moore Center for the Study of Place at UT Austin as well as to visit Freud’s House in London and Ireland’s often-idealized County Leitrim. She said the result of this research will help her classes to “benefit from what I learn from the libraries, locales and colleagues the professorship will enable me to engage.” Ultimately, she noted, that she will return from her journeys “vitalized as a scholar… [and] as a teacher.”
Feeser received a B.A. from Williams College in 1984, with a double major in history and art history. In 1996, she received a Ph.D in modern and contemporary art history, theory and criticism from the City University of New York Graduate Center. Jack Flam and Linda Nochlin supervised her dissertation on Picasso’s art and politics from 1942-1962. Feeser has taught courses at SUNY-Purchase, at California State University, East Bay and at the California College of Arts and Crafts. She was assistant and associate professor of art history at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa from 1996-2002, and is currently associate professor of art history at Clemson University. Feeser has published widely on modern and contemporary art and visual culture and is the editor for the Parlor Press book series, Aesthetic Critical Inquiry. In 1998, Feeser and artist Gaye Chan founded DownWind Productions — a collaborative of activists, artists and educators — to explore the past and present effects of colonialism and capitalism in Waikiki. DownWind Productions distributes information through the public art project Historic Waikiki, and the book Waikiki: A History of Forgetting and Remembering (University of Hawaii Press, 2006). Historic Waikiki was featured in the 2004 New York Asia Society exhibition Paradise Now? Contemporary Art from the Pacific.
(Indigo plants in South Carolina, image copied from an eighteenth century South Carolina map courtesy of Perkins Library, Duke University)
Her latest publication, Red, White, and Black Make Blue: Indigo in the Fabric of Colonial South Carolina Life (Athens, GA: University of Georgia, 2013. Print) is forthcoming later this year and may be pre-ordered on Amazon’s and Barnes and Noble’s web sites.