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Establishment of an Endowed Chair Position Boosts the Photography Department

Stuart B. Cooper '72 (Photography BFA) (left) and President Samuel Hoi finalize the Stuart B. Cooper Chair in Photography agreement.

Stuart B. Cooper '72 (Photography B.F.A.) (left) and President Samuel Hoi finalize the Stuart B. Cooper Chair in Photography agreement.

Stuart B. Cooper Chair in Photography to attract distinguished contemporary photographers

Posted 04.01.15 by MICA COMMUNICATIONS

This past fall, MICA announced the establishment of an endowed chair exclusively for still photography, the Stuart B. Cooper Chair in Photography, enhancing the College's ability to welcome distinguished contemporary photographers to campus.

The endowed chair in MICA's Photography Department is supported by artist, photographer, filmmaker, and MICA alumnus Stuart B. Cooper '72 (Photography B.F.A.) through the Cooper/Besson Fund, Inc.

"We're creating this endowed chair position to promote the teaching of the art of still photography in a way that provides substantial benefits to the College and opportunities to its students, otherwise perhaps difficult or impossible to achieve, by supporting MICA's recruitment and retention of notable photographers," Cooper said. "I believe it will be a much sought-after position considering its exclusivity to the fine art of still photography."

One of the first programs of its kind worldwide, the photography program at MICA was established more than 100 years ago. Building on this legacy and acknowledging the impact photography has had on contemporary art and culture, the curriculum encourages a diversity of approaches. Today, the department is committed to providing an educational experience that seeks to cultivate an informed and engaged practitioner.

The endowed chair will be a visiting faculty member, not currently engaged with the College, demonstrating the following qualities: charismatic, inspirational, and open and devoted to students; disciplined in his/her studio work; and committed to mentoring the next generation of artists.

The selection process for the Stuart B. Cooper Chair in Photography will be the combined efforts of MICA's president, vice president for academic affairs and provost, and the Photography Department.

Top image caption: Stuart B. Cooper '72 (Photography B.F.A.) (left) and President Samuel Hoi finalize the Stuart B. Cooper Chair in Photography agreement.