Paul Stankard, internationally respected glass artist, was recently honored to be the recipient of Muskingum University’s President’s Medal in recognition of exemplary actions on behalf of others, distinguishing himself through his career as an inspirational bridge between past triumphs and future dreams. Stankard holds an honorary Muskingum Doctor of Fine Arts degree.
“We are extraordinarily proud to honor Paul Stankard with the Muskingum University President’s Medal,” stated Anne C. Steele, President of Muskingum University. “Paul is known world-wide for his exquisitely detailed botanical works. He was chosen to create the official United States gift to the People’s Republic of China when formal diplomatic relations were established in 1979. Today, his works reside in the permanent collections of more than 70 prominent museums throughout the world.”
President Steele presented the award in Stankard’s studio, where he was surrounded by individuals who have worked with him for many years. “I am truly humbled by this honor,” said Stankard. “I attribute much of my career growth to the knowledge I have gained from scholars in the academic world. In recognition of this award, I have created a special orb, entitled, Celebration in Glass: Visiting Walt Whitman’s Garden on May 25th, honoring Walt Whitman, a poet who has inspired my work throughout the years.”
A highly acclaimed American glass artist, it is interesting to note that Stankard experienced poor academic performance as a result of an undiagnosed learning disability. However, his creativity along with a spiritual mindset and love of nature allowed him to reach his full potential in life.
About Paul Stankard
Paul Stankard’s work is represented in more than 70 museums worldwide. A pioneer in the studio-glass movement, Stankard is known for interpreting native flowers in small scale glass sculptures. His work explores and interprets color, texture and delicacy while continuing to examine and celebrate the fecundity of the plant kingdom. A resident of Mantua, New Jersey, Stankard is the Artist in Residence and Lecturer at Salem Community College, inspiring students to search for their individual creative spirits. Stankard was recently recognized as Master of the Medium by the James Renwick Alliance affiliated with the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institute, Washington D.C. and was also awarded the Glass Art Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award. For more information about Paul Stankard, please visit www.paulstankard.com.
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