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NSU’s Greg Blair to present at international arts conference in Rome

ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University Associate Professor of Art Greg Blair will be a featured presenter at the Ninth International Conference on the Arts in Society in Rome this month.


Blair, who is director of Northern Galleries, will present his paper, titled “The Way We Get By: Aesthetic Engagement with the Landscape,” on a panel called Perspectives on Spaces.


The conference, set for June 25-27 at Sapienza University, features scholars from around the world. Other presenters on Blair’s panel are from Florida A&M University; Istanbul Kültür University, Istanbul, Turkey; and the University of Georgia.

The event is built upon four key features: internationalism, interdisciplinarity, inclusiveness and interaction. Conference delegates include leaders in the field as well as emerging artists and scholars, who travel from all corners of the globe and represent a broad range of disciplines and perspectives.


Blair’s presentation will discuss how, through an individualized and immediate experience, places and perspectives can be transformed; and how the experience of art can be one of the greatest catalysts for those transformations.

A native of Alberta, Canada, Blair just completed his fifth year at NSU. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in sculpture from the University of Lethbridge and a Master of Fine Arts in sculpture from the University of North Dakota. He is nearing the completion of his Ph.D. in Visual Art and Art Theory from the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts based in Portland, Maine.


Blair has exhibited his artwork and presented his research both nationally and internationally, in locations including Rome, Tuscany, New York City, New Orleans, St. Louis, Cincinnati, Minneapolis and Sioux Falls, among others. Much of his research encompasses interdisciplinary sculptural practices, cultural critique, ecocriticism, and philosophies of place.

This is Blair’s second educational trip to Italy in as many years. Last summer, he co-led a study abroad art trip to Florence and Venice, Italy.


For more information on the Ninth International Conference on the Arts in Society conference, visit:



Photo: Blair