University at Albany

Excellence in Research

Each year, the University at Albany honors special members of its community with Excellence Awards denoting exceptional contributions to the life of the campus. Four faculty members received this tribute in 2011 for Excellence in Research.

JoAnne CarsonJoAnne CarsonArt

Professor JoAnne Carson’s work in the fine arts has earned the respect of colleagues throughout the art world. She has a record of achievement that many academics strive to emulate, but do not often attain. Professor Carson started her career as a painter and has moved toward three-dimensional sculpture. In the process, she has left nothing behind---her sculptures and wall reliefs build on the expressive use of color that was the hallmark of her paintings. With one foot rooted in painting and the other pushing the boundaries of sculpture, she embraces the contradictions that arise from blurring the distinctions between the two. In her work there is a whimsical exuberance that captivates viewers, while drawing them into consideration of the darker aspects of life’s forces.

Her exhibition record includes the most respected venues in the field, recognized for their broad impact in the visual arts. Professor Carson has presented 14 solo exhibitions and countless group exhibitions at highly regarded museums and galleries such as the Washburn Gallery, the Ruth Siegel Gallery, the Plus Ultra Gallery, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the National Academy Museum. Her work has garnered the attention of the most esteemed curators and critics in the field, and reviews of her exhibitions have appeared in the most prestigious national arts media.

Professor Carson’s work is included in distinguished public collections nationwide including the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Fort Worth Art Museum, the Joslyn Art Museum and the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation. She has received many awards including the Ellin P. Speyer Award from the National Academy Museum, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ highly competitive Purchase Prize in Sculpture.

Excellence in Research

Iris Berger JoAnne Carson Istvan Kecskes Fatemeh Shahedipour-Sandvik
Iris BergerHistory JoAnne


Educational Theory & Practice
Fatemeh Shahedipour-Sandvik
College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering

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