Artist Mark Dion to give lecture

Artist Mark Dion will give a free public lecture at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 30, in the Foster Auditorium, Pattee Library, on Penn State's University Park campus. A reception will follow at 7 p.m. in the Zoller Gallery, Visual Arts Building, in connection to the exhibition, "Finding the Animal in Paradox and Parable," which will run through May 1.

The exhibition and Dion's lecture are part of a two-day conference, "Finding Animals: Toward a Comparative History and Theory of Animals," hosted by Penn State's Visualizing Animals group on April 30-May 1, 2009. The Penn State School of Visual Arts' John M. Anderson Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series is sponsoring Dion's lecture. The exhibition and lecture are free and open to the public.

Dion received his B.F.A. in 1986 and an honorary doctorate in 2003 from the University of Hartford School of Art, Connecticut. He has received numerous awards, including the ninth annual Larry Aldrich Foundation Award (2001). He has had major exhibitions including the Miami Art Museum (2006) and the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2004). "Neukom Vivarium" (2006), a permanent outdoor installation and learning lab for Seattle's Olympic Sculpture Park, was commissioned by the Seattle Art Museum. Dion lives and works in New York and Pennsylvania.

The conference is sponsored by the Visualizing Animals Group; Institute for the Arts and Humanities; Committee on Early Modern Studies; Rock Ethics Institute; University Libraries; University Park Allocation Committee; Departments of Art History; Comparative Literature; French; German; History; Philosophy; Science, Technology and Society; Spanish; Italian and Portuguese; and Women's Studies. For more information, visit http://www.visualizinganimals.psu.edu/.

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Last Updated April 20, 2009