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Summer Zickefoose earns Henderson Lectureship Award

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Posted on Thursday, April 18, 2024

Summer Zickefoose, Westminster College associate professor of art, has earned the 2024-2025 Henderson Lectureship Award.

Zickefoose’s lecture will focus on a contemporary art historical exploration of how acts of care inform and are expressed through visual art.

“Artwork examples from disparate genres within contemporary art practice present a wide scope to the theme,” said Zickefoose. “Site-specific installations, performance art, craft mediums and conceptual art all offer models for how creative works can bring awareness to unseen labor, provide closure and healing to collective trauma, suggest shared values amidst polarizing times or offer radical acts of resistance for historically marginalized populations.”

Zickefoose, who joined the Westminster faculty in 2010, is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice spans sculpture, ceramics, installation and performance art.  Her artwork, which has been exhibited nationally and internationally, is influenced by Midwestern and rural American culture and landscapes.

At Westminster, she teaches a wide range of courses such as ceramics, sculpture, contemporary crafts, two and three-dimensional foundations, environmental art, art appreciation and art history.

Zickefoose earned undergraduate degrees in art history and studio art from the University of Iowa and a Master of Fine Arts degree in multimedia art and ceramics from the University of Florida.

The Henderson Lecture was founded by the late Dr. Joseph R. Henderson and his wife, Elizabeth, to encourage and recognize original and continuing research and scholarship among Westminster College faculty, and to afford the opportunity for faculty to share their learning with the academic community.  Dr. Henderson was a professor of education emeritus at Westminster, having served as chair of the Department of Education and as director of the Graduate Program.

Each year, Westminster faculty members may nominate themselves or others to receive the lectureship, which includes a stipend to support a specific research project.  A faculty committee chooses the winner.

The 2024-2025 lecture is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 16, in the Witherspoon Lakeview Room of McKelvey Campus Center.

Contact Zickefoose at for more information.

Learn more about Westminster College's visual art major.