Huntingdon Art, Music Professors Honored for Teaching Excellence
Montgomery, Ala.—During the Huntingdon College Honors and Awards Convocation held April 15 professors Vadim Serebryany, Department of Music, and Christopher Payne, Department of Art, were honored for excellence in teaching, civility, and concern for students and colleagues.
Mr. Payne received the Exemplary Teacher Award. Sponsored by the Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church, the award is given annually to a tenured senior professor. Mr. Payne earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting at Auburn University and his Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture at Wichita State University, where he served as a teaching assistant. He has taught at Huntingdon since 1987 and serves as chair of the Department of Art. He has presented clay workshops for Chilton County Elementary School, Forest Avenue Magnet School, The Montgomery Academy, Halcyon Arts Festival, Montgomery County Public Schools, and Keystone Learning Center, among other venues. His drawings, paintings, and ceramic sculptures have been selected for local, regional, and national exhibitions. His ceramic sculpture, "The Spaces Between," completed last year, has been selected for three exhibitions and has won first place and publishing awards.
Dr. Serebryany was honored with the Dr. and Mrs. John N. Todd Award for Excellence in Teaching, a recognition bestowed annually upon a nontenured full-time junior faculty member. Dr. Serebryany earned the ARCT in piano performance at the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto); Bachelor of Music and Master of Music at the Juilliard School; and a second master's and doctoral degrees from Yale University. Prior to joining Huntingdon's music faculty in 2008, Dr. Serebryany served as an artist in residence and adjunct professor of piano and humanities at La Sierra University (Calif.), as lecturer in piano at Lawrence University (Wis.), and as a member of the faculty at the International School for the Musical Arts (Canada), Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto Community School. He has given numerous lectures, master classes, and performances internationally, including concert performances in Japan annually since 2001. He frequently performs with the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra.
Huntingdon College, grounded in the Judeo-Christian tradition of the United Methodist Church, is committed to nurturing growth in faith, wisdom, and service and to graduating individuals prepared to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Founded in 1854, Huntingdon is a coeducational liberal arts college. The College motto is "Enter to grow in wisdom; go forth to apply wisdom in service."