Dear SA+AH Community,
As the new Director of the School of Art + Art History I write to you with excitement and optimism. It is an honor to be working alongside so many accomplished artists, designers and scholars. I look forward to building upon past accomplishments to make the school one of the best public schools of art, design and art history in the nation.
I come to UF and the SA+AH from private art schools, most recently the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. While I miss walking through the Art Institute on my way to meetings, I am beyond thrilled to be working in a public university. As the events over the past weeks have illustrated, public universities have an important role to play in fostering dialogs around race, the role of government in our daily lives, and many other pressing issues. Visual art, design and scholarship have an important role to play in connecting disparate ideas in new ways, learning from history, and imagining new ways of being and doing in the world. Our school is doing this daily within our classes. Our co-curricular programming this fall is bringing an impressive cadre of thinkers to campus through both the Visiting Artist Lecture Series and the Harn Eminent Scholar Program. This newsletter offers more information on dates and locations; plan to attend these timely and relevant events.
I would like to thank Interim Director Maria Rogal for her efforts over the past two years that have left the School poised to take on new challenges. To help meet these challenges, this fall we welcomed four new faculty members to our school community. Maria (Gaby) Hernandez and Jarred Elrod have joined our Graphic Design program as Assistant Professors. Heidi Powell is stepping in as an Assistant Professor and Program Director for the Online Art Education program. Matthew Jarvis joined us as a Visiting Assistant Professor in Art History. Please join me in welcoming them.
As we all settle into the demands of the semester, I look forward to meeting you and learning what led you to UF and what you hope to achieve while you are here. Look for more information in future newsletters about my office hours, events, and ways we can meet and share ideas.
In the meantime, let’s get to work.