New Paltz art professor receives Chancellor’s Award for Excellence

NEW PALTZ — Rimer Cardillo, professor and chair of the printmaking program at the State University of New York at New Paltz, was recently awarded the State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence for Scholarship and Creative Activities.

Cardillo is a printmaker who, during the past 25 years, has developed a diverse and multi-media practice that also includes sculptures, ceramics and installations. Very focused and deeply informed about the pressures facing indigenous peoples, cultures and environments in Latin and South America, he has conducted a number of research trips to the Brazilian rain forest and other endangered and compromised sites to study possible subjects.

Cardillo, who arrived at New Paltz in 1993, received his master’s degree from Uruguay’s National School of Fine Arts in Montevideo, and spent two years studying in East Germany at the Weissenssee School of Art and Architecture in Berlin and at the School of Printmaking and Art of the Book in Leipzig. In 1997, he was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. Cardillo has had numerous national and international exhibitions, and was selected to represent Uruguay at the 2001 Venice Biennial.

“The Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence in full-time librarianship, professional service and teaching provide much-deserved university-wide recognition of extraordinary professional achievement,” said SUNY Chancellor John R. Ryan. “I commend this year’s recipients and the campus presidents, faculty and staff who aid and support them in their success throughout the school year.”

Cardillo, who was also a recipient of the 2006 State University of New York Research Foundation Research and Scholarship Award in April, will be recognized for his Chancellor’s Award for Excellence this Sunday at the May 21 Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony.

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