July 10, 2012
For Immediate Release
Linda J. Cundiff, second from left, receives the Excellence in Teaching Award at Campbellsville University from the CU Advancement Board. From left are: Dr. Michael V. Carter, president; Cundiff; Kimble Jessie, Advancement Board member; Randy Herron, Advancement Board chair; and Dr. Frank Cheatham, vice president for academic affairs. (Campbellsville University Photo by Ashley Wilson)
By Joan C. McKinney, news and publications coordinator
CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – Campbellsville University art professor Linda J. Cundiff was presented the Campbellsville University Advancement Board’s 20th Annual Excellence in Teaching Award for tenured faculty recently.
The award is given annually to a faculty member who has excelled. Cundiff was given the award by Randy Herron, chair of the CU Advancement Board, and board member Kimble Jessie.
Cundiff is a 1972 graduate of Campbellsville University receiving her bachelor of arts in painting and drawing. She received her master of arts in printmaking and drawing from Murray State University in 1975.
She received her master of fine arts in printmaking and painting from Ohio University in 1978, and received her rank I with a Kentucky teaching certification, grades K-12, in art, in 1983.
Cundiff has attended a paper workshop at the Appalachian Center for Arts and Crafts, the Kentucky Institute for European Studies in Florence, Italy, a computer graphics workshop at Penland School, Penland, N.C., a post graduate class at the University of Louisville and has studied at the University of Oxford/University of California, Berkeley Program.
She has been teaching art at Campbellsville University since 1982. She has also taught photography. Cundiff serves as chair of the university’s Department of Art.
Cundiff was an arts consultant for Collaborative for Teaching and Learning, Different Ways of Knowing Program in Kentucky founded by Galef Institute, Los Angeles, Calif., providing teacher in-service training workshops in various locations such across Kentucky from 1994 to 2004.
Cundiff had a pastel and watercolor mixed media piece purchased by the Kentucky State Fair for the 50th year that a purchase award for the art exhibit was done. Her piece was of tobacco leaves, and it hangs in one of the administrative offices at the state fair grounds.
Cundiff also had a pastel piece in the Kentucky Governor’s Mansion for the Invitational Kentucky Vision Exhibit. Cundiff said she was invited because she had had pieces accepted in several of the juried KY Vision shows.
She was a visual arts instructor for the Institute for Arts in Education sponsored by the Kentucky Center for Arts, University of Louisville and the Kentucky Department of Education from 1989 through 1999. The program is a two-week hands-on graduate seminar for adults in the arts.
She is a former member of the Visual Arts Task Force Committee for the Kentucky Department of Education. She belongs to the College Art Association, the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen and National Art Education Association.
Cundiff has served as a juror for Lincoln Days Art Exhibits, Kentucky State Fair Arts and Crafts Exhibition and for the Kentucky Watercolor Society Show “Totally Transparent” at Lindsey Wilson College. She was invited to participate in the Invitational Juried Alumni Exhibition at Murray State University in 1997 and exhibited a lithograph at the Invitational Alumni Juried Exhibit at Dairy Barn in Athens, Ohio, in 1998 in conjunction with the 200th anniversary of lithography by the Southern Graphics Council Conference meeting at Ohio University.
Cumberland College purchased one of two pieces submitted by Cundiff for the Invitational Exhibit of monotypes by faculty of the Appalachian College Association at Cumberland College in 1998.
She exhibited a pastel at the Invitational Juried Exhibit “A Kentucky Visions: 1998,” sponsored by the Kentucky Arts Council, both at the governor’s mansion and the Kentucky Center for Rural Development in Somerset, Ky.
Cundiff’s work, along with the work of 20 other visual artists, was juried for acceptance into a pilot program to exhibit and market visual art in “Kentucky Crafted: The Market, 1999” in Louisville.
As a member of the state-wide Visual Arts Task Force, she participated with five other art teachers and Dr. Patricia Hartanowicz with the Professional Standards Board in taping a live KET one-hour program.
She was selected as one of six artists from the Institute for Arts for planning, writing and appearing in four 90-minute 1998-99 Professional Development Programs for KET.
She has won numerous awards from the Kentucky State Fair and has exhibited at the Council on Post-Secondary Education Building in Frankfort, Ky., from 2008 until 2011 and the U.S. Bank Exhibit at the Kentucky Museum in Bowling Green, Ky., in 2011. She exhibited in the Capital Arts Juried Exhibit in Bowling Green in 2010 as well as in the Lincoln Day Art Exhibit in Hodgenville, Ky.
Cundiff is the wife of Scotty Hedgespeth of Finley, Ky.
Campbellsville University is a widely acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university with more than 3,500 students offering 63 undergraduate options, 17 master’s degrees, five postgraduate areas and eight pre-professional programs. The website for complete information is campbellsville.edu.
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