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Art Takes Center Stage at Eric Fischl Series

July 03, 2013
Eric Fishl (left) with student scholar Amelec Diaz and his award-winning "El Negro" art

In partnership with Phoenix Art Museum's Contemporary Forum, Phoenix College presented the eighth annual Eric Fischl Lecture Series and PC Student Art Awards on April 10, 2013 in the museum's Whiteman Hall. World-renowned artist and PC alumnus Eric Fischl celebrates his connection to the college by returning annually to present the Eric Fischl Lecture Series. Each year, he brings a famous artist to speak at the event and join with him in mentoring PC art students. 

This year’s guest artist was sculptor Bryan Hunt, whose work is shown in prestigious museums around the world including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum in Germany and the NYC Museum of Modern Art.

As part of the celebration, Fischl presents two artists with the prestigious Vanguard Award, which is $2,500 cash prize for each student whose artwork receives Best in Show in the college's Student Art Competition. The award-winning student artwork is displayed in Phoenix Art Museum's Great Hall before and after the lecture.

Fischl’s prominence in the art world and the buzz about the art museum lecture series has brought such positive attention to Phoenix College Art program that other alumni and businesses are becoming donors. Arizona-based Daniel L. Withers Charitable Foundation and Climatec, a leading provider of advanced building technologies, have made substantial donations to the Eric Fischl Lecture Series and scholarships.