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“THE HISTORY OF ORKNEY LITERATURE”
FEATURING HOSTOS’ PROFESSOR IAN CHARLES SCOTT PAINTINGS TAKES SALTIRE SOCIETY’S 2010 SCOTTISH BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD

Valley of Gulls, oil on panel 24’” x 26”

February 25, 2011 (New York City) – “The History of Orkney Literature,” a book dedicated to the history of the legendary islands which presents the iconic author George Mackay Brown, Scotland’s most famous 20th century poet, as the main literary figure, received the Saltire Society’s 2010 Scottish Book of the YearAward. Illustrations in this volume are mostly all paintings of Hostos Community College’s distinguished Visual Arts Professor Ian Charles Scott. “It’s a highly prestigious award and I’m delighted to be involved,” shares Scott of his collaboration in this literary work.

This is Ian Charles Scott latest accolade following last year’s nomination for the Mayor of New York City's Award for Arts and Culture.

“The College is honored to have Professor Ian Charles Scott’s illustrations recognized as part of the literary work, ‘The History of Orkney Literature.’  Mr. Scott is a knowledgeable and talented professor who is very engaged with students at Hostos.  His peers also recognize him as a valuable member of the faculty and a contributor to the arts and culture in the college and the community,” indicated Provost and Vice-President of Academic Affairs Carmen Coballes-Vega to Scott’s latest recognition.

Scott's work is admired by rock stars like David Bowie and Moby and collected by American investors. Ian Charles Scott holds a 1st Class Honors B.A degree in Fine Art
and an M.F.A from Dundee University. He has taught art for the last 24 years to novices and Post-Graduates alike. He ran an Art School in Dorset in the south of England and an Art Therapy unit in Shotts Prison Scotland. In 1992, Scott won The Alastair Salvesen Scholarship, Scotland’s top Art honor. The prize commissioned a three month painting and travel research project which culminated in a one-man exhibit at the Royal Scottish Academy. Every year, Ian Charles Scott is invited to show in the annual exhibition opened by his Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales. His work can be found in the major Museums of Scotland including the National Portrait Gallery, Aberdeen Art Gallery, Dundee Art Gallery and Royal Scottish Academy. He moved to the United States in 1998 and works at Hostos Community College since 1999.

About the Saltire Society- The Saltire Society was founded in 1936 to improve the quality of life in Scotland and restore the country to its proper place as a creative force in Europe.   It seeks to preserve all that is best in Scottish tradition and to encourage new developments which can strengthen and enrich the country’s cultural life.   It has wide ranging interests including architecture, arts & crafts, civil engineering, history, literature, music, and science – and promotes excellence in many fields through a series of national awards.The Society also seeks to revive the memory of famous Scots and to make the nation conscious of its heritage.   It seeks to influence decision makers in Scotland through its committees.   As well as working at national level the Society has members in branches throughout Scotland, working to promote the Society’s aims within their own communities.

About the Book of the Year Award- The Scottish Book of the Year Award was established in 1982 and is open to authors of Scottish descent or living in Scotland, or for a book by anyone which deals with a Scottish topic. Nominations are requested from literary editors, publishers and producers of book programmers in radio and television for entry to the 2010 Scottish Book of the Year Award.  Panel members may also suggest books for consideration. Nominations may be a novel, a play, poetry or other work of imaginative literature, biography, literary criticism or a study of any Scottish issue.   Books of multiple authorship would not normally qualify.  For more information about the Saltire Society, please visit: http://www.saltiresociety.org.uk/3

About Hostos Community College - Eugenio Maria de Hostos Community College, part of the City University of New York system, was founded in 1968.  Located in the South Bronx, the college currently serves more than 6,000 students.  In addition to associate degree programs that facilitate easy transfer to CUNY’s four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions, Hostos also has an award-winning Continuing Education and Professional Studies Department that offers courses for professional development and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. In four decades, Hostos has grown from a class of 623 in the fall of 1970 to the spring 2010 enrollment of over 6,000 students.  The college also serves an additional 10,000 students through its Continuing Education and Professional Studies Department. www.hostos.cuny.edu/

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