Penn State Laureate to speak at Beaver campus Nov. 1

October 22, 2012

Christopher P. Staley, Penn State laureate for 2012-13 and distinguished professor of art in the College of Arts and Architecture, will give a free presentation on “Life and Art: Where They Intersect” from 2:15 to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 1, in the Penn State Beaver Student Union Building auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. Staley has been a ceramic artist and educator for 30 years and is the fifth University faculty member to hold this prestigious title.

Named a Penn State Distinguished Professor in 2008, Staley joined the University faculty in 1990, teaching ceramics in the School of Visual Arts. Under his leadership, the Ceramics graduate program has been ranked No. 10 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. He received Penn State’s Graduate Faculty Teaching Award in 2007.

Staley’s ceramic pieces are included in the International Museum of Ceramic Art, Fuping, China; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; and the Smithsonian National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C., among others. He is a member of the International Academy of Ceramics, based in Geneva, and serves as chairman of the board of directors at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, an international craft school in Deer Isle, Maine.

For more information about the Penn State laureate, visit or contact the Beaver campus Office of Academic Affairs at or 724-773-3571.


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