"Presidential Professors serve as public scholars who enrich the cultural and educational life of the university and the state," Milliken said. "Enrique's role will extend well beyond the classroom. His visits to our campuses and communities will create unique educational opportunities for students, faculty and Nebraskans." He added, "We are extremely fortunate to have an artist of his reputation work with our students and faculty."
During his three-year appointment, Martínez Celaya will work with art students and will lead faculty and graduate student seminars and colloquia on art, philosophy and literature. In 2007-08, he will spend one week each semester at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln; in 2008-09, his work will be concentrated at University of Nebraska at Omaha. In addition, students will have the opportunity to participate in internships in Martínez Celaya's studios in Florida and California.
An important part of his appointment will be to deliver public lectures while he is in residence. Martínez Celaya will begin his appointment in Lincoln the week of October 15. The week will culminate in a public lecture titled "Photography as Grief," to be held on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 5:30 p.m. at the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery auditorium. A reception for the artist will follow.
Born in Cuba, Martínez Celaya also spent his childhood in Spain and Puerto Rico, where he developed an interest in art, science, philosophy, and literature before attending Cornell University, where he majored in applied physics. He pursued a Ph.D. in quantum electronics at the University of California-Berkeley but ultimately decided to abandon his doctoral work for art. He attended the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture in Maine and received his M.F.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He was Associate Professor of Art at Pomona College and the Claremont Graduate University (1994-2003).
His work is exhibited around the world, in Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Berlin, Japan, Australia, and the United Kingdom. A solo exhibition of his work, titled Nomad, will open at the Miami Art Museum in November. He is represented in the permanent collections of the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery at UNL as well as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Museum der Bildenden Künste Leipzig, and others.
Additional information, including interviews with the artist, a full c.v. and links to his blog can be found at www.martinezcelaya.com
Enrique Martínez Celaya
Biography ( www.martinezcelaya.com )
Enrique Martínez Celaya (b. Cuba, 1964) majored in Applied Physics at Cornell University and pursued a Ph.D. in Quantum Electronics at the University of California, Berkeley where he was supported by a fellowship from the Brookhaven National Laboratory. He attended the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture in Maine and received his M.F.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He was an Associate Professor at Pomona College and the Claremont Graduate University and is a Visiting Presidential Professor at the University of Nebraska.
His work is in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Museum der Bildenden Künste Leipzig and others. His awards include the Anderson Ranch National Artist Award, the California Community Foundation Fellowship, J. Paul Getty Trust Fund for the Visual Arts, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's Art Here and Now Award and the Hirsch Grant.
In 1998 he founded Whale and Star, a publishing house whose books are distributed internationally by the University of Nebraska Press. He lives and works in Delray Beach, Florida, and Los Angeles, California ."