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Three K-State faculty members receive fellowships from Kansas Arts Commission

Monday, March 10, 2008

MANHATTAN -- Three Kansas State University faculty members are receiving 2008 Artist Fellowship Awards from the Kansas Arts Commission.

Elizabeth Dodd, professor of English, and Susan Jackson Rodgers, associate professor of English, are both receiving $5,000 Kansas Master Fellowships. The Master Fellowship awards are presented to mature artists with an exceptional quality of work, a history of recognized contributions to their art form and an extensive record of artistic achievement and professional activity. Dodd's award is for her poetry, while Rodgers is being honored for her fiction. Both Dodd and Rodgers are now two-time recipients of Kansas Arts Commission fellowships, with each receiving their first awards in 1998.

Sherry Haar, associate professor of apparel and textiles, is receiving a $750 Kansas Mid-Career Fellowship for her textile design work. The fellowships are given to promising mid-career artists who have been recognized by peers in their fields.

Recipients of Kansas Arts Commission fellowships are selected by an expert panel that includes members of the commission and arts professionals.

Dodd, who joined K-State in 1989 and teaches creative writing and literature, is an award-winning author. Her 2003 book "Prospects: Journeys and Landscapes" received the William Rockhill Nelson Best Nonfiction Book Award. She also has written two collections of poetry: "Like Memory, Caverns," which received the Elmer Holmes Bobst Award from New York University Press in 1992; and "Archetypal Light." She also is the author of "The Veiled Mirror and the Woman Poet: H.D., Louis Bogan, Elizabeth Bishop, and Louise Gluck." Her newest book, "In the Mind's Eye: Essays Across the Animate World," will be released in the fall by the University of Nebraska Press. Dodd is a two-time recipient of the K-State College of Arts and Science's Stamey Award for excellence in teaching. She also directed K-State's creative writing program for nearly a decade.

Rodgers, who is director of K-State's creative writing program, has been honored numerous times for her writing. Her 2004 book, "The Trouble With You Is: and Other Stories," received the Mid-List Press First Series Award for Short Fiction.

She also received first prize in the 2002 Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition and has received two Pushcart Prize Special Mentions. Her work has appeared in several literary magazines, including StoryQuarterly, Prairie Schooner, North American Review, New England Review, Quick Fiction and Glimmer Train. A K-State faculty member since 1989, Rodgers received the university's Presidential Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching in 2007.

Textile designs by Haar, who joined K-State in 1998, have received numerous honors and have been exhibited across the country. Women's issues, processes in textile surfaces and sustainability are themes that define her recent work and goals. Growing and dyeing with natural dyestuffs is part of this goal. Her first design featuring her naturally dyed fabrics, "Heart Nouveau," received an Artist Merit Award from Mercy Regional Health Center in Manhattan for supporting awareness of heart disease for women. Haar holds two patents on therapeutic designs for children with sensory dysfunctions. She has also been recognized by K-State's College of Human Ecology with the Commerce Bank Award and the Dawley-Scholer Award for excellence in teaching and student development.

The Kansas Arts Commission, a state agency, is dedicated to promoting and supporting the arts in Kansas. Its mission is to provide opportunities for the people of Kansas to experience, celebrate and value the arts throughout their lives.

Sources: Elizabeth Dodd, 785-532-0384, edodd@k-state.edu;
Sherry Haar, 785-532-1309, haar@k-state.edu; and
Susan Jackson Rodgers, 785-532-2183, suejack@k-state.edu

This article was posted on Monday, March 10, 2008, and is filed under Interior Design and Fashion Studies.