Penn State alumnus, artist and art educator to give lecture

Penn State alumnus, artist and art educator Michael Christy will give a free public lecture at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15, in the Palmer Lipcon Auditorium, Palmer Museum of Art, on Penn State's University Park campus. Christy’s lecture is sponsored by the Penn State School of Visual Arts John M. Anderson Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series.

Christy’s art integrates his diverse interests in politics, history, mysticism and science to create a mythological world that functions as a metaphor for our own. Rooted in the vernacular of western art and contemporary popular culture -- particularly cartoons, pornography and science fiction -- his work explores themes of hegemony, environmentalism, sexuality and the role of technology in society, as well as universal human themes.

As an educator, Christy has worked for Dahlia Heights Elementary School in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) since 2000, teaching kindergarten through sixth grade. He leads Dahlia Heights’ Gifted and Talented Program and School for Advanced Studies. In this capacity, he has been able to formalize the school’s commitment to emphasizing the arts, critical thinking skills, technological proficiency and global citizenship, with a special focus on environmental awareness.

Christy has designed and implemented a variety of workshops offered by the LAUSD at California State University, Los Angeles, on the topics of integrating art and technology into curricula, using novelty, realia and mystery as teaching tools, and incorporating student and teacher interests into curricula as a means of motivating students and stemming teacher attrition. He has spoken on these topics at many conferences and symposia in southern California.

Christy received his bachelor’s degree in painting from Penn State and his master’s degree in globalization and adult education from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. He also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, Maine, and holds a California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from the California State University, Los Angeles. He has exhibited his paintings in New York at the CRG and Larissa Goldston galleries and in Los Angeles at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, the Venice Contemporary Gallery, Crewest Gallery, pLAyLAnd gallery and Cannibal Flower exhibitions, as well as at Penn State. Christy resides in Los Angeles.

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Last Updated November 14, 2011