Ron Koehler, Professor and Chair of the Department of Art at Delta State University, has been awarded the Mississippi Humanities Council’s (MHC) 2008 Teacher of the YearAward. The award funded by the MHC every October to commemorate Arts and Humanities Month, is presented to one educator from each institution of higher learning in the state of Mississippi. Winners of the award receive $500 and will be recognized at the MHC’s annual award dinner on February 2, 2009.
Koehler has taught sculpture at Delta State University for the past 27 years. He has served as the International President of Kappa Pi International Honorary Art Fraternity since 1998 which has over 350 chapters at colleges and universities throughout the U.S. and abroad.
His sculpture has been exhibited in over 600 exhibitions in 38 states receiving over 60 awards including 20 purchase awards. Photographs of his sculpture have appeared in over 70 exhibition catalogues, in magazines including: Fine Woodworking; American Craft; Woodwork and the following books: “Sculpture: Technique, Form, Content”; “ Wood Art Today”and “Carving in Cultures around the World.”
Koehler will give a special slide/lecture presentation entitled “Thirty Years of Discovery” at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 28 in the Wright Art Gallery. Koehler’s presentation is based on his scholarly research that has evolved through his sculpture over the past decades. A dessert and coffee reception will follow.
The presentation is made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to the Mississippi Humanities Council (MHC).
The presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Art Department at (662) 846-4720.