BROOKLYN, NY, February 14, 2020 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Cynthia Maris Dantzic with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Prof. Dantzic celebrates many years' experience in her professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes she has accrued in her field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.
With nearly 65 years of experience to her credit, Prof. Dantzic has held the designation of Senior Professor Emerita at Long Island University since 2019. Prior to this appointment, she excelled at the aforementioned university as a Senior Professor from 2009 to 2019, a professor from 1975 to 2019 and a faculty member from 1964 to 2019. During this time, she held a position with the Cooper Union as an adjunct professor of art from 1999 to 2002 and an adjunct associate professor of art from 1992 to 1999. Prof. Dantzic further served at Long Island University as the chairperson of the art department from 1980 to 1986.
Previously, Prof. Dantzic served as an instructor of art at the Bronx Community College, a part of the City University of New York system, from 1963 to 1964. She was additionally active as the coordinator of art and an instructor at the North Shore Community Arts Center in Roslyn, NY, from 1962 to 1964. From 1958 to 1962, she worked as the head of the art department at the Bentley School in New York City. Prof. Dantzic began her career as an art teacher at the Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, from 1955 to 1958.
Before embarking on her professional path, Prof. Dantzic pursued her education at the Brooklyn Museum Art School from 1947 to 1950. She continued her academic efforts with coursework at Bard College from 1950 to 1952. Following these, she obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Yale University in 1955. Prof. Dantzic concluded her studies at the Pratt Institute in 1963, graduating with a Master of Fine Arts.
Beyond her responsibilities within the field, Prof. Dantzic has participated in numerous endeavors outside of her professional circles. From 1991 to 2015, she contributed to the Park Slope Civic Council as a trustee. Furthermore, she has held membership in the American Photography Archives Group since 2016. The co-chairman of the Art Festival for NAACP LDF at the Brooklyn Museum in 1963, she has served independently as a lecturer and an invited speaker at a number of well-received presentations. Additionally, Prof. Dantzic has assisted her son, Grayson, in compiling his father Jerry Dantzic's photographs of Billie Holiday for the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service.
Prof. Dantzic found success with her creative works as well, having exhibited her personal artwork in solo and group presentations at such venues as the Brooklyn Museum, Spring Street Gallery, Crosby Studio Gallery, Blue Mountain Gallery, East Hampton Gallery, St. John's University and Long Island University, to name a few. The author of an illustrated chapter in "Robert Engman: Structural Sculpture" in 2017, as well as author of "100 New York Calligraphers" in 2015 and myriad articles for journals, she penned and illustrated a number of books, including "Alphabet City: Signs of New York" in 2010, "100 New York Photographers" in 2009, "100 New York Painters" in 2006, "Drawing Dimensions: A Comprehensive Introduction" in 1999 and "Stop Dropping BreAdcrumBs on my YaCht" in 1974, among others. Commissioned by the Brooklyn Arts and Culture Associate to create photo collages in 1983, Prof. Dantzic's art has been represented in permanent collections at the Brooklyn Museum, the Rose Art Museum, Bard College and the Adirondack Museum.
In addition to her primary vocation, Prof. Dantzic remains affiliated with various organizations in relation to her areas of expertise. She has maintained her involvement with the Society of Scribes as the vice president since 2015 and a member of the board of governors since 2003. Associated with the New York Society for General Semantics as a board member from 2010 to 2015, she has also been active on the executive committee of the Long Island University Faculty Federation since 1975. Moreover, Prof. Dantzic is a member of the American Association of University Professors, the College Art Association of America and the National Arts Club.
Prof. Dantzic has accrued several accolades throughout her impressive career. Accepting a Mellon grant in 1984, she has been presented with faculty research grants from Long Island University since 1985. Likewise, she was honored with a 50-Year Faculty Award from Long Island University in 2018, the 40-Year Faculty Medal from Long Island University in 2007, the Trustees Lifetime Award for Scholarly Achievement in Art and Art Education from Long Island University in 1999, the Trustees Award for a Single Work in 1990 and the Newton Teaching Excellence Award in 1988. Additionally, she won the Park Slope Civic Council's 2019 Lovgren Award for Individual Volunteer Distinction, for, among other considerations, creating the photographic poster for the group's annual House Tour for the past 24 years. Profiled in the "Talk of the Town," discussing the exhibition of her unique modular, rearrangeable paintings at the East Hampton Gallery, in the May 1966 edition of the New Yorker, Prof. Dantzic was selected for inclusion in the 6th edition of Who's Who in American Education and multiple editions of Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the East, Who's Who in the World and Who's Who of American Women.
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