Penn State's Institute for Arts and Humanities to present medal

University Park, Pa. -- Penn State's Institute for the Arts and Humanities (IAH) will present its second "Institute for the Arts and Humanities Medal for Distinguished Contributions to the Public Advancement of Arts and Humanities" to the architect Daniel Libeskind, among the most celebrated and innovative architects working today.

This medal is awarded annually to individuals who have made significant public contributions to the advancement of the arts and the humanities in our times. The first recipient of this medal was the author Salman Rushdie.

Libeskind has influenced a never generation of architects and has opened new avenues for how we think about buildings, landscape and urban life. His work is provocative and invariably poses questions about the relation of our buildings to history, place, space and the land.

As part of this event, Libeskind will deliver a talk titled "Art, Architecture and Urban Life" at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17, in Schwab Auditorium. Also on April 17, the renowned architect will talk with WPSU's Patty Satalia from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the lobby of the WPSU/Outreach Building.

Both of these events are free to the public. Tickets are required and available through Eisenhower Auditorium, Penn State Tickets Downtown and the HUB Outlet (1-814-863-0255 or 1-800-ARTS-TIX).

Libeskind was born in Poland and came to the United States, after some years in Israel, in 1965. He studied music, becoming a virtuoso performer, but left music to study architecture in New York. He gained his fame initially for his design of the Jewish Museum in Berlin (1989). Subsequently, he has designed museums, concert halls and other major cultural institutions around the world. He has held professorial chairs at several universities - Toronto, Penn, Yale and Karlsruhe - and he has five honorary doctorates.

Among his numerous awards are the 2003 Torch of Honor Award for furthering immigrant and human rights, the Hiroshima Art Prize for work promoting peace and the Berlin Cultural Prize. In 2004 he was appointed the first Cultural Ambassador for Architecture by the U.S. State Department.

The mission of the IAH is to support, promote and advance both research and creative works in the arts and humanities. For more information about these events, contact the Institute for the Arts and Humanities at 1-814-865-0495 or arts-humanities@psu.edu via e-mail. The IAH 's web site is at http://www.research.psu.edu/iah online.

Last Updated March 19, 2009