LaRoche Wins Educator of the Year Award

Posted on 3/24/2011 5:42:26 PM

NICHE magazine’s annual Art Educator of the Year award was presented on February 18, 2011, to Lynda LaRoche, associate professor of Jewelry and Metals in the IUP Department of Art.

The award was presented as part of the 2011 NICHE Awards ceremony, which took place in Philadelphia in conjunction with the winter Buyers Market of American Craft.

The Art Educator of the Year award was established to recognize those individuals who have dedicated their careers to nurturing and guiding the next generation of craft artists.

The NICHE Awards competition annually recognizes excellence and innovation in North American craft. Professors are nominated for the award by their students, and the recipient of the award is chosen based on student essays.

LaRoche’s students described her as “not only instilling a sense of design and appreciation for craft within everyone,” but also having a “desire to push each creative project to the next level.”

LaRoche is the sixth educator to receive the title of Art Educator of the Year from NICHE magazine.

Two of Lynda’s students were selected as finalists in the student division of the 2011 NICHE Awards competition:

  • Erin Knisley for the piece “Untitled” in the Jewelry: Sculpture to Wear category and the piece “Lantern Necklace” in the Jewelry: Fine category
  • Bifei Cao for the piece “No Parking” in the Metal: Sculptural category