Art professor honored for innovative work

An accident with a sharp blade eight years ago led artist Robert Sherer to create edgy‚ important artwork with international appeal that was recognized by two faculty awards this year.

Georgia (Nov 3, 2006) — An accident with a sharp blade eight years ago led artist Robert Sherer to create edgy‚ important artwork with international appeal that was recognized by two faculty awards this year.

An associate professor of art in the department of visual arts‚ Sherer received a KSU Foundation prize and a Distinguished Scholarship Award for his series of artworks titled “Blood Works: Portraits of Love and Loss in the Age of Aids."

Sherer said he was “stunned and caught completely off guard” by the recognition of "Blood Works‚" given both the materials he used and the sensitive nature of the subject he addressed.

"Blood Works" was created using both Sherer’s own blood and that of friends‚ some of which was HIV positive.

“The fundamental element of being a visual artist is that you make images you want to get out to the public‚ and it’s very difficult for people in the visual arts‚ like myself‚ to understand that art carries weight to it in a scholarly manner‚” Sherer said.

According to Joseph D. Meeks‚ dean of the College of the Arts‚ "Robert Sherer's powerful visual commentary on the impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic is an important example of the impact the arts can have on understanding the human condition‚ communicating across diverse audiences and enhancing broader social discussions. The university's recognition of his work signifies a growing awareness that the arts are integral to our understanding of ourselves and each other."

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