BLACKSBURG, Va., June 11, 2010 – Steve Bickley, professor of art in the School of Visual Arts in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the "professor emeritus" title by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.
The title of emeritus may be conferred on retired professors and associate professors, administrative officers, librarians, and exceptional staff members who are specially recommended to the board of visitors by Virginia Tech President Charles W. Steger. Nominated individuals who are approved by the board of visitors receive an emeritus certificate from the university.
A member of the Virginia Tech community since 1978, Bickley served the university community by installing permanent works of art throughout the campus landscape and interior structures. He also created the university Millennium Mace, displayed at each commencement ceremony since 2000. As a professional artist, Bickley participated in over 180 exhibitions at art museums, galleries, and art centers.
In the classroom, Bickley taught courses in the sculpture concentration and studio arts program, including drawing, foundations, and art education. He also advised and mentored students to pursue graduate studies and become professionally practicing artists throughout the country.
Bickley received his bachelor’s degree from East Carolina University and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Georgia at Athens.
Written by Krystyne Hayes. Hayes, of Front Royal, Va., holds a Bachelor of Arts in communication from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.