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John M. Anderson Lecture Series Hosts Visiting Artist Leslie King-Hammond

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The Penn State School of Visual Arts is pleased to announce a visit by Leslie King-Hammond as part of its John M. Anderson Endowed Lecture Series. Free and open to the public, King-Hammond’s lecture will take place Tuesday, April 16, 11:30 a.m., at the Palmer Lipcon Auditorium. Additional sponsors for this lecture include Africana Research Center, Department of African American Studies, Institute for the Arts and Humanities, Paul Robeson Cultural Center, and Penn State OBAC.  For an entire listing of John M. Anderson Endowed Lecture Series events, please visit

Leslie King-Hammond was born in the South Bronx and grew up in South Jamaica and Hollis-Queens, New York. She taught art history for 35 years at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), and served as dean of graduate studies from 1976 until her retirement with emerita status in 2008. She is founding director of the Center for Race and Culture at MICA. King-Hammond has received numerous honors, including three Mellon Grants for Faculty Research, the Trustee Award for Excellence in Teaching, a Warhol Curatorial Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts artist grant as a member of the “Girls of Baltimore.” King-Hammond has also won lifetime achievement awards from the Studio Museum in Harlem, Maryland Institute College of Art, the DuBois Circle, Women’s Art Caucus of the College Art Association, and the James A. Porter Colloquium at Howard University. She sits on juries, boards, and art commissions, including the International Association of Art Critics, the Center for Emerging Artists, and the Creative Alliance in Baltimore. King-Hammond also has an impressive list of curatorial projects and major publications at museums and presses across the country. Most recently, she co-curated and co-authored (with Lowery Stokes Sims) The Global Africa Project (Museum of Arts and Design, 2010). ASHÉ TO AMEN – African Americans and Biblical Imagery (2013) is soon to open at the Museum of Biblical Art. King-Hammond received her B.F.A. at the City University of New York, Queens College, and attended The Johns Hopkins University for doctoral studies in art history.

The Penn State School of Visual Arts John M. Anderson Endowed Lecture Series was established in 2001 through the generous support of John M. Anderson, Penn State Professor Emeritus. The result of Dr. Anderson’s love of the philosophy of art and painting, his endowment contributes to the creative and intellectual life of the campus. The series sponsors leading artists and scholars who lecture, give master classes and workshops, and critique student work throughout the academic year. Dr. Anderson, an Evan Pugh Research Professor of Philosophy, was a longtime faculty member and three-time department head in the Department of Philosophy and the first director of Penn State’s Institute for the Arts and Humanities.

Lectures are free of charge and open to the public. For additional information please contact:

Ann Tarantino John M. Anderson Lecture Series Coordinator

Tammy Hosterman SoVA Communications Coordinator