TROY - Larry Percy, associate professor in Troy University's Department of Art and Design, has been honored with the Alabama Alliance for Arts Education's "Making a Difference" Award.
Percy received the award during a recent reception at the Embassy Suites in Montgomery.
Percy has been organizing the exhibition and competition for the District II Visual Arts Achievement Program since 2005, and spearheaded the effort to launch Trojan Art Day in 2014, which provides art teachers and their students the opportunity to come to the Troy Campus to meet and work with Art and Design faculty and students in workshops such as ceramics, drawing, architectural rendering and screen printing. In 2017, Trojan Art Day drew 405 participants.
Since 2008, Percy also has been heavily involved in the Pike County Empty Bowls Project, sponsored by the Salvation Army. As a part of the program, Percy and his ceramics students present lessons on making ceramic bowls for students at Pike County High School. Students learn how to create the bowls, but also learn the importance of service, as the finished bowls are given to the Salvation Army for its Empty Bowls luncheon.
"I would like to thank our department chair, Dr. Pamela Allen, our departmental secretary, Kayla Garrett, the faculty of our Department of Art and Design and our exceptional students, who give of their time and talents to both of these endeavors," Percy said. "There is no way that either of these initiatives would be possible without our entire Art and Design family, the support team of Judy Fulmer and the Office of Sponsored Programs and the Pike County Salvation Army. Together, we are making a difference. It is easy to be a champion when you are surrounded with talent and commitment like we have in this department and our surrounding community."
Percy earned his bachelor's degree art education and a master's degree at Southwestern Oklahoma State University. He earned his Master of Fine Arts, with Honors, from the University of Kansas in 1994.
Prior to joining the TROY faculty, Percy spent 16 years teaching art education in public schools in Oklahoma and Texas.