Cort Savage Chair & Professor of Art
- M.F.A. Syracuse University
- B.A. Indiana University
As best I can figure, my sculpture education began with my first Lego set at age eight. I managed to build things in my parent's garage that consistently got me in trouble. From these early experiences in northern Indiana, I developed a love of making things and problem-solving.
I came to Davidson in 1992 from Colgate University to participate in the construction of Davidson's Belk Visual Art Center and have been teaching sculpture and drawing here ever since. Helping students realize their artistic visions is a joy that keeps my job fascinating. Currently, I'm very excited about the use of 3D printing in the sculpture lab.
My mixed-media kinetic sculptures are inspired by an extended recovery period following a fall while rock-climbing. More recent rubber-band based sculptures are inspired by my interest in, but admittedly limited understanding of, contemporary philosophy, contemporary poetry, quantum mechanics, along with my recent travels in Paris, France, and Basel, Switzerland.
My works have been exhibited throughout the United States including the: Mint Museum of Art, Cameron Museum of Art and the New Orleans Center for Contemporary Art. I have received grants and fellowships of support from the North Carolina Arts Council, the Southern Arts Federation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Most recently, I received the Arlin Meyer Prize presented by the Lilly Fellows Program for the creation of the installation Scattered Man and the Particle, and the Pope Wilkins Grand Prize Award from the Raleigh Fine Arts Society.
When I'm not in the classroom or studio I take great joy in hiking the mountains of Western North Carolina, being outdoors, and spending time with my spouse and fellow artist, Jennifer Stasack, a composer and professor of music, and my daughter, Via.