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danm faculty, newton & helen mayer harrison named arts dean's visiting eminent professors

The Arts Division and the Art Department welcome Professors Emeriti Helen and Newton Harrison who have each been appointed to five-year terms as Arts Dean's Visiting Eminent Professors. The Harrisons were selected for their outstanding research contributions. Eminent Professors are senior faculty who have demonstrated unusual academic merit, possess international reputations, and show high promise for future scholarly achievement. They bring distinction to the Arts at UC Santa Cruz. In addition to the title, each appointment comes with a monetary award to support faculty research.

The Harrisons have been leading a collaborative research project group with DANM students since 2012. Among the leading pioneers of the eco-art movement, the collaborative team of Newton and Helen Mayer Harrison (often referred to simply as “the Harrisons”) have worked for almost forty years with biologists, ecologists, architects, urban planners and other artists to initiate collaborative dialogues to uncover ideas and solutions which support biodiversity and community development. For more info: