Robert Palusky, an internationallyrecognized artist, has been named the inaugural recipient of the John and AnneFischer Professorship in the Fine Arts at Hamilton College. He will present alecture and slide presentation, "Life in and out of Balance," on Thursday, Feb.27, at 4 p.m. in the Emerson Gallery. An exhibit of his work will also be ondisplay. Admission is free and open to the public.

In 1969, Palusky joined the faculty of the newly established KirklandCollege, and became a Hamilton faculty member when the two schools merged in1978. For almost 30 years, he has taught ceramics and pottery on College Hillin a studio he built by himself.

In addition to his teaching, Palusky has achieved international recognitionand success as a figurative sculptor. Working out of his studio in Deansboro,N.Y., he has created pieces that have been exhibited throughout the country andin many parts of the world. He has garnered international exhibition awards,and his glass creations are in several prestigious collections, including thoseof the Boston Museum of Fine Arts; the Museum of Modern Art in New York; theMuseum of Decorative Arts in Lausanne, Switzerland; and the Hokkaido Museum ofModern Art in Sapporo, Japan.

Established by Peter Fischer, a 1963 Hamilton graduate, in honor of hisparents, the Fischer Professorship will be awarded annually to an artist orhistorian noted for excellence in teaching and prominence in the fine arts.Fischer is a pediatric endocrinologist and neonatologist in Southern Californiawho has served as a Hamilton trustee. An avid collector of modern art, manypieces of his personal collection were featured in a 1991 Emerson Galleryexhibit, "Progressive Geometric Abstraction in America: 1934-1955." Fischer isalso a patron of the Los Angeles Opera and part-time tennis coach, whoseprotege, Pete Sampras, is currently ranked number one in the world.

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