Alan Michaelson

Mohawk Installation Artist Alan Michelson to Visit Hartwick

April 3, 2013

Hartwick College will soon welcome installation artist Alan Michelson, who will give a lecture on his recent projects and works. The lecture is free and the public is encouraged to attend. The event, sponsored by the Richard L. Haan Fund in Native American Studies, the 2012-2013 Campus Theme "Tools for Life," and the Department of Art and Art History, will be held Thursday, April 11 at 7 p.m. in the Anderson Center for the Arts Theatre on the Hartwick College campus.

The work of New York City based Mohawk installation artist Michelson addresses North American geography, history, and identity in multilayered, multimedia installations.

Michelson studied at Columbia University (New York) and earned his BFA from Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He has lectured widely, and he has recently been in exhibitions (solo and group) in New York, Australia, and Canada.

As stated on his website, in 2011 Michelson was the inaugural recipient of the Native Arts & Cultures Foundation Artist Fellowship in Visual Arts, and the Invited Artist of the 2011 Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship. He has work in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, DC. In 2009, Michelson completed a permanent public art commission for the U.S. Port of Entry, Massena, New York as part of the U.S. General Services Administration Art-in-Architecture Program, for which he received the 2010 GSA Design Award, Citation in Art, and the 2010 Public Art Network Year in Review. This past fall, the Virginia Indian Commemorative Commission awarded him the solo commission for a permanent public monument on historic Capitol Square in Richmond honoring Virginia's Indian tribes.

To learn more about Michelson, visit For more information on the lecture, contact Professor of Art Phil Young at 607-431-4829 or

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