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Memoir

Alfredo Montalvo
Regent's Proceedings 32

Alfredo Montalvo, associate professor of art in the School of Art and Design, retired from active faculty status on May 31, 1996.

Professor Montalvo received his B.F.A. (1970), M.F.A. (1972), and B.Arch. (1973) degrees from the Rhode Island School of Design. He also attended the Pratt Institute from 1953-55 and received a certificate from the Brooks Institute (Motion Picture Department) in 1958. From 1959-68, he pursued a visual arts career in which he served as producer/director/editor/ animator of industrial and commercial motion pictures, television documentaries, and audiovisual productions. He received forty-nine national and international film festival awards, including seven Council for International Non-Theatrical Entertainment (CINE) Golden Eagles. From 1970-73, he taught at the Rhode Island School of Design. He joined the faculty of the University of Michigan in 1973 as assistant professor of art, teaching foundation design, filmmaking, visualization, drawing, and industrial design. He was promoted to associate professor in 1977.

Professor Montalvo was an architectural design associate to Lester J. Millman and Associates, ALA, Architects, Providence, Rhode Island (1970-72); founder/director, the Alternatives Group, Ann Arbor, Michigan (1975-83); cofounder, Cooper, Mitchell, Shear, and Montalvo in Ann Arbor (1983-85); and founder/director, Alfredo Montalvo Design, Ann Arbor (1975-present).

Professor Montalvo has been a very successful teacher. As co-chair of the industrial design program, he directed several funded undergraduate research projects in which students received national recognition. He received a Rackham Research Grant in 1980 for the investigation of "Non-Photographic Film Animation Techniques." His cinematic work has been widely exhibited nationally. Professor Montalvo has served on numerous school and University committees, including the Senate Assembly, SACUA, the Committee for a Multicultural University (chair), and the Academic Affairs Advisory Committee. He is also active in the undergraduate mentoring program, and he frequently served as a University marshall at commencement exercises.

The Regents now salute this faculty member for his dedicated service by naming Alfredo Montalvo associate professor emeritus of art.