TROY art professor garners top award

Posted: Monday, 23 November 2009

TROY, Ala.—Troy University associate professor Larry Percy has been recognized as Alabama’s 2009 Art Educator of the Year by the Alabama Art Education Association.

Percy received the award earlier this month at the association’s conference in Florence.

“The thing that has impressed me about Larry is that he has consistently stayed involved in public schools even though he’s in higher education,” said Art and Design Department Chairman Jerry Johnson. “He is highly respected in the state and everywhere I go, teachers know Larry Percy.”

Prior to coming to Troy in 2001, Percy spent 16 years teaching art in public schools in Kansas and Oklahoma. He received his master’s degree in fine arts from the University of Kansas and received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from Southwestern Oklahoma State University.

In addition to being honored as Alabama’s top art educator, Percy was recognized for his service to the organization in serving for six years on the AAEA Board of Directors, two years as secretary on the executive board.

Percy was awarded the AAEA’s Higher Education division Educator of the Year in 2005 and the Marion Quinn Dix Leadership Award in 2006. While at the conference, Percy moderated a round table discussion designed for pre-service and first year art educators in Alabama and presented a workshop session titled “Not Your Kindergartener’s Pinch Pots.”

“The 2009 Alabama Art Education Association Art Educator of the Year goes to a teacher, who in the eyes of his peers, is a truly passionate practitioner of the arts and wholly supports arts in education on many levels," said Julie Day, the Association's Awards Committee chairperson. "While he is a very accomplished artist, one of his great strengths is his ability to identify potential art educators and give them the nurturing encouragement that is essential in training our future teachers.”

Larry Percy

Troy University art and design professor Larry Percy with blind painter and artist Ricky Trione from Fairhope, show off Trione's clay pot made while attending Percy's clay workshop “Not Your Kindergartener’s Pinch Pots" at the Alabama Art Education Association's meeting in November. (TROY photo)

Larry Percy

Larry Percy, a Troy University art and design professor and the 2009 Alabama Art Educator of the Year, was selected the state's top art educator by the Alabama Art Education Association with art education students (left to right) Tiffany Burchfield, Athens; Janin Wise, Ozark; Victoria Smith, Seale; Paige Miller, Mobile; and April Watson, Brewton. (TROY photo)