Francine Page Excellence in Teaching Award

2015: Marc Nadel

Marc NadelThe 2015 Francine Page Excellence in Teaching Award was presented to adjunct faculty member Marc Nadel in the Division of Communication and Creative Media.  As an instructor at Champlain College for the past twelve years, Marc Nadel has been sharing information gathered during his lifelong experience as an illustrator, painter, and cartoonist.

Marc has developed several courses in the traditional arts that support and enrich the digital art classes of our students. The first course, Oil Painting, was offered in 2010, and was developed in partnership with Bob Selby. Then, in rapid succession, came Sequential Art, Painting Other Worlds, and an Advanced Art History class in Book Illustration. All courses combine lessons in art history with the creative activities. To expand one's aesthetic range and knowledge by learning from the masters remains the concept at the heart of all of the courses. Sequential Art, for instance, ties in the history of the comic strip and book in America with the immigrant experience over the last 115 years. It was, in fact, the immigrants themselves who were the creators, turning fear and hatred into smiles and eventual acceptance. Painting Other Worlds introduces this new generation of artists to the innovative work of the generations of European painters lost to the ravages of the two World Wars. In his other courses, such as Introductory Drawing, Anatomy and Perspective, and Art History, the same approach remains integral to his teaching methods. Marc believes that the best evidence of his success is his ongoing role as a mentor to several alumni, long after their graduation from Champlain.

On the professional front, Marc's artwork has been published by Highlights for Children, Harcourt, Random House, Business Week, Boyd's Mills Press, The Nation, Seven Days, and many others. He has won several illustration awards, including The One Award for The Best Political Advertisement, and The Distinguished Achievement Award from the Educational Press Association for his "Top Secret Adventures" series. He illustrated "Carl Sandburg: Adventures of a Poet," which garnered rave reviews, as did "Another Jar of Tiny Stars," featuring Marc's portraits of poets. His illustrations for children and his caricatures continue to be seen in books and magazines.

After studying at Brooklyn College, The School of Visual Arts, and The New School, Marc began his most important and extensive artistic education. Upon graduation, he was invited to join The Painting Group in New York City by David Levine. His studies with David and Aaron Shikler continued weekly for nearly twenty years, when Marc moved to Vermont. His association with that prestigious studio continues to this day, and Marc draws on that unique foundation to enrich the artistic lives of his students at Champlain College.

"He is an integral part of the Creative Media, Game Art & Animation program development and regularly participates in faculty meetings and year end collaborative. All of which led many to assume that he was a full-time faculty. We are lucky to have this individual as part of our Champlain community and students benefit greatly from his gifts and extensive background as a professional artist and illustrator," said Provost Quinn.

Previous recipients

2014 Margo Bartsch, M.S. Robert P. Stiller School of Business
2013 Susanne Terry, M.S. Division of Education & Human Studies
2012 Michael Miceli, MBA Robert P. Stiller School of Business
2011 William Wheeler Robert P. Stiller School of Business