Philosophy faculty member Karen Gover
was named winner of the American Society for Aesthetics' 2011 John Fisher Memorial Prize, awarded bi-annually for an original essay in aesthetics.
Gover's winning essay, "Artistic Freedom and Moral Rights in Contemporary Art," concerns a recent controversy and lawsuit between Swiss installation artist Christoph Buechel and the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams, MA.
Along with the $1,000 prize, Gover's essay will be published this fall in The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism
. The John Fisher Memorial Prize was created in memory of the late John Fisher, editor of JAAC
from 1973 to 1988, "to foster the development of new voices and talent in the field of aesthetics."