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Michael Corris Named New Chair of Division of at Art

Michael Corris has been appointed chair of the Division of Art at the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, and will assume his new post on November 2, 2009.   An artist, art historian, and arts writer, he is currently Professor of Fine Art at the Art and Design Research Centre at Sheffield Hallam University in  Sheffield, England and Professor of Art at the Newport School of Art, Media and Design at the University of Wales.

 “I am delighted that Michael Corris will be coming to SMU,” said José Bowen, dean of the Meadows School of the Arts. “In addition to being a talented artist, he has an outstanding reputation for scholarship, art criticism and leadership. Our search was international, and Dr. Corris was enthusiastically endorsed by the search committee.  His vision and expertise will be a tremendous asset to the Division of Art, the Meadows School and the entire university.”

Corris has previously held academic appointments at the Bergen National Academy of Art in Norway, the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, Kingston University and Oxford Brookes University.

An internationally known arts writer, Corris has lectured and written extensively on contemporary art and art theory. His art criticism has been widely published in journals and magazines devoted to contemporary art, including Art Monthly, Artforum, FlashArt, Art History, art+text and Mute. His most recent publications include Conceptual Art: Theory, Myth and Practice (Cambridge University Press, 2004), and monographs on David Diao (TimeZone8 Books, Beijing, 2005), Ad Reinhardt (Reaktion Books, London, 2008) and Non-Relational Aesthetics (Artwords, 2008).

Corris is the author of several artist’s books inspired by typographic design. His work has been exhibited internationally and is part of the permanent collection of numerous museums, including the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Le Consortium in Dijon, France, and the J.P. Getty Museum in Los Angeles.

“When I came to Dallas for the first time to meet colleagues, students and alumni of the Division of Art, I was immediately struck by their absolute appetite  for engaging with the challenges presented by contemporary art,” said Dr. Corris. “Everyone I met and talked with recognized the importance of SMU and the Meadows School to the future of art in Dallas. Both the university and the city are filled with energy, commitment, generosity and enormous potential - resources with which to build a world-class institution devoted to the education of artists.  I am thrilled to be a part of this exciting opportunity at the Meadows School of the Arts!”

Corris has received grants and fellowships from such organizations as The British Academy, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, New York State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. He also serves as president and chairman of the Clarté Foundation in Washington and has served as a board member of the SITE Gallery in Sheffield, England and the Milton Keynes Gallery, Milton Keynes, England. He is a member of the International Association of Art Critics, the Association of Art Historians and the College Art Association.

He earned a B.A. from Brooklyn College-City University of New York, an M.F.A. in painting and media from the Hoffberger School of Painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art, and a Ph.D. in History of Art from University College, London.

Corris succeeds James Sullivan, who is returning to the faculty to teach sculpture after serving as chair of the Meadows School Division of Art for 14 years.

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