Visiting Artists and Speakers 2009-2010
Jeffry Mitchell and Adrian French
Artists and visiting professors Jeffry Mitchell and Adrian French mounted a two person exhibition showcasing their works that ran from Feb 27-March 12 2010. "Deviled Eggs and Doughnuts" was on display in the Bryant Art Center Gallery and the two artists presented individual gallery talks in conjunction with the exhibition.
Jeffry Mitchell received his BA from the University of Dallas and his MFA from Tyler College of Art. Adrian French received his BFA from Kutztown University and his MFA from San Diego State University.
Both artists were in residence at Denison as visiting professors in the Studio Art Program from the beginning of spring semester 2010 through the end of spring semester 2011.
Sir Ken Robinson, PhD, an internationally recognized leader in the development of education, was the keynote speaker for the opening Gala of the new Bryant Arts Center at Denison. He presented a lecture at 3;30 pm on October 16, 2009 in Herrick auditorium. During his visit to campus, he met with senior Studio Art majors in their studios for conversations about their work.
He works with governments in Europe, Asia and the USA, with international agencies and some of the world’s leading cultural organizations. In 1998, he led a national commission on creativity, education and the economy for the UK Government. All Our Futures: Creativity, Culture and Education (The Robinson Report) was published to wide acclaim in 1999. He was the central figure in developing a strategy for creative and economic development as part of the Peace Process in Northern Ireland, working with the ministers for training, education enterprise and culture. The resulting blueprint for change, Unlocking Creativity, was adopted by politicians of all parties and by business, education and cultural leaders across the Province. He was one of four international advisors to the Singapore Government for its strategy to become the creative hub of South East Asia.
He has received honorary degrees from the Rhode Island School of Design, the Central School of Speech and Drama, Birmingham City University and the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. He was honored with the Athena Award of the Rhode Island School of Design for services to the arts and education; the Peabody Medal for contributions to the arts and culture in the United States and the Benjamin Franklin Medal of the Royal Society of Arts for outstanding contributions to cultural relations between the United Kingdom and the United States.
In 2003, he received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II for his services to the arts. He speaks to audiences throughout the world on the creative challenges facing business and education in the new global economies.