Robert Palusky, an internationally recognized artist, has been named the inaugural recipient of the John and Anne Fischer Professorship in the Fine Arts at Hamilton College. He will present a lecture 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 on display. Admission is free and open to the public.

In 1969, Palusky joined the faculty of the newly established Kirkland College, and became a Hamilton faculty member when the two schools merged in 1978. For almost 30 years, he has taught ceramics and pottery on College Hill in a studio he built by himself.

In addition to his teaching, Palusky has achieved international recognition and 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 and in many parts of the world. He has garnered international exhibition awards, and his glass creations are in several prestigious collections, including those of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts; the Museum of Modern Art in New York; the Museum of Decorative Arts in Lausanne, Switzerland; and the Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art in Sapporo, Japan.

Established by Peter Fischer, a 1963 Hamilton graduate, in honor of his parents, the Fischer Professorship will be awarded annually to an artist or historian noted for excellence in teaching and prominence in the fine arts. Fischer is a pediatric endocrinologist and neonatologist in Southern California who has served as a Hamilton trustee. An avid collector of modern art, many pieces of his personal collection were featured in a 1991 Emerson Gallery exhibit, "Progressive Geometric Abstraction in America: 1934-1955." Fischer is also a patron of the Los Angeles Opera and part-time tennis coach, whose protege, Pete Sampras, is currently ranked number one in the world.

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