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Greetings from the Chair

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By Bryan Winfred Massey, Sr., Chair | Professor of Art, Sculpture »

Bryan Winfred Massey, Sr.

It gives me great pleasure to write the first article in our new decade as we welcome 2020! I have so many new things to share with you our readers, students and alumni. You are all familiar with the new Windgate Fine and Performance Art Building Opening Fall 2022, but I want to share with you the new and exciting things happening now that will be in place for Fall 2020! Starting 1 July 2020 we will be a part of a new college. The College of Fine Arts and Communication and The College of Liberal Arts will become The College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Our new Dean of the College will be Dr. Thomas Williams. Another exciting event to take place 1 July 2020, we will also be gaining a new art program as we welcome the faculty and students from the Interior Design Program from the Family Consumer Science department into our department. Our new name will be the Department of Art and Design. Another new change coming Fall 2020 is that the department has revamped our Foundations Program along with implementing a new Foundations Coordinator to streamline our exciting new program. Our first year students will get more access to upper level faculty, have greater camaraderie amongst peers and have a program more focused on contemporary practices. The department is very excited about these new changes! To read more about it find the article “New Courses for First Year Students” by Professor Rospert in this newsletter.  The new Windgate facility is going according to plans. Each faculty member had the opportunity to meet the Architects and to participate in the design and development phase of the new facility to personalize their studio spaces in their area of expertise. So, as you can see, a lot of great things are happening in the college and the department. Last, but not least, if you are in the area and on campus, please join us for the groundbreaking this September 2020 (more info to follow) for our new facility.

So please, encourage your friends to read our newsletter and pass it on. Also, send us updates of what you are doing so that we can share it with the rest of the Department of Art, students, and the alumni. I, (we) look forward to hearing from you and the great things you are doing.