Tuesday, April 19, 2011


Retired N.C. State Art Professor Lope Max Díaz was the inaugural ARTspeaks presenter on Sunday, April 17, 2011, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Carter Building. The event was held outdoor on a bright, sunny Sunday afternoon at the Carter Building parking lot.
Lope shared with the participants a penetrating insight to his creative world and process. He also offered constructive critique sessions to some of the individual artists who were present at the event.

Lope Max Díaz is an artist and retired faculty of NC State University where he taught Design Fundamentals and Painting in the College of Design. He exhibits his paintings with regularity throughout the southeast region of the country, as well as in Puerto Rico. Before joining the faculty of the College of Design in 1988, he was an Assistant Professor of Design in the School of Architecture of the University of Puerto Rico, and prior to that an Instructor in the Fine Arts Department of the College of Humanities, University of Puerto Rico. He has also taught art at Interamerican University of Puerto Rico.
He received the College of Design Outstanding Teacher Award in 2000, and the nomination for Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor of the College of Design in 2002.
Lope Max Díaz has served as juror in numerous art exhibitions in North Carolina and in Puerto Rico. He has also served on art/design panels for the Raleigh Arts Commission, the North Carolina Arts Council, the McColl Center for Visual Art in Charlotte, NC, the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, DC, the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation in Baltimore, MD, and the Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria, VA
For his contributions as an artist, educator, and service to the community, he was awarded the 2003 Raleigh Medal of Arts and the 2003 Centennial Medal from the University of Puerto Rico in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico.

ARTspeaks is a quarterly forum designed to engage artists and arts patrons in meaningful dialogue. Next Artspeaks will be held in August 2011.