Commencement ceremony set for Saturday, June 7

Posted: May 30, 2014

HOWELL - Cleary University will host its Commencement ceremony for graduates Saturday, June 7 at the Johnson Center on the Livingston Campus in Howell.

Ferdinand Hampson, co-founder of Habatat Galleries in Detroit will be the keynote speaker.

Hampson is co-founder of Michigan Glass Month and has coordinated more than 125 museum, university and art center exhibitions during his career.

In 1990, Ferdinand Hampson was one of four dealers in the United States to be chosen by the director of “New Art Forms” in Chicago, to survey the art in Russia. As a guest of the Soviet Union, his purpose was to establish an international cultural relationship with artists of the USSR.

In 1992, he organized the first major exhibition of Contemporary Glass in Latin America. This exhibit set the all time attendance record at the prestigious Tamayo Museum in Mexico City. In 1995 and 1997, Hampson was curator for a contemporary glass exhibition for the Hsinchu International Glass Art Festival in Hsinchu, Taiwan.

Included in Mr. Hampson’ published works are the books: “Glass: State of the Art” (1984); “Glass: State of the Art II” (1989); and “Insight, A Collector’s Guide to Contemporary American Glass” (1985). All three books were published by Elliot Johnston Publishers. Hampson co-wrote “Glass: Artist and Influence” in 1981, a catalogue detailing the history of the Contemporary American Glass movement. In 1986, through Habatat Galleries, he published the catalogue, “25 Years - Glass as an Art Medium”, which gave a world-wide overview of artists using glass. His most recent book, published by Schiffer Publishing in 2012, is “Studio Glass in America, a Fifty Year Journey” It is considered the definitive history of studio glass in America.

The graduation ceremony also will include the presentation of the Bob Lyons Award for Community Service as well as student awards.