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Edinboro professor awarded national arts administrators fellowship

Posted on July 12th, 2019 at 10:58 AM
Edinboro professor awarded national arts administrators fellowship

The National Council of Arts Administrators (NCAA) has awarded Suzanne Proulx, assistant chair of Edinboro University’s Art Department, the 2019-2020 Emerging Arts Administrators Fellowship.

Proulx, associate professor of drawing, painting and design, is one of six distinguished fellows to be selected from a pool of arts administrators across the U.S. She will be recognized as a fellow during the 2019 NCAA Annual Conference in September. 

This conference will spotlight current trends in arts administration and will represent a network of diverse leaders in higher education. 

“I feel honored to be selected,” said Proulx, who joined Edinboro’s art faculty in 2013. “It will be a wonderful opportunity to meet a community of arts leaders in higher education and learn from their wealth of experience.” 

Dr. Scott Miller, dean of Edinboro University’s College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, considers Proulx a leader among the art faculty, with this fellowship accentuating her work on campus. 

“The faculty at Edinboro excel in many areas of their professional lives, and Professor Proulx is no exception,” said Miller, who also serves as dean of the School of Education. “Through this program, she will engage with other art administrators from around the country and share ideas for best practices. This process of continuous improvement is a hallmark of how we grow as professionals.” 

In addition to her role at Edinboro University, Proulx has been featured in the Erie Art Museum’s Spring Show and in exhibitions in New York, Wisconsin, Ohio, Kentucky, Alaska and Georgia. 

In 2016, Febreeze Air Purifiers commissioned Proulx to construct bunny sculptures from 40 pounds of household dust. The result – Proulx’s now nationally recognized “Dust Bunnies” – has appeared in the Huffington Post, Ripley’s Believe It or Not and Connecticut’s NPR affiliate. 

Proulx earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from University of Massachusetts Amherst and a master’s degree from Syracuse University. 

For nearly 40 years, the NCAA has developed a community of administrators in various higher-education settings – including arts institutions, public and private colleges and professional organizations. 

The mission of the NCAA is to prepare and lead arts administrators and develop leaders to become more strategic at managing resources. 

Founded in 1920, the Edinboro University Art Department has trained thousands of art educators and has developed professional artists that have transformed life and culture in Northwest Pennsylvania. A yearlong celebration of art and art education will take place across western Pennsylvania from August 2019 through December 2020 through Edinboro’s ART 100.

For more information about Proulx and Edinboro’s award-winning art programs, visit art.edinboro.edu.