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Art Student Graduate Organization (ASGO)

ASGO exists to further the professional development of graduate level art history and art studio students. ASGO is run by graduate student-elected officers whose responsibilities include acting on behalf of the collective department graduate student body with the department and its faculty, facilitating collaboration with the larger art community, and organizing scholarly talks, art events and activities for graduate students. ASGO officers distribute professional information to graduate students and serve as liaisons between the art graduate students and the faculty.

ASGO Officers

Any Department of Art student (art history or M.F.A.) in at least her/his second year in the program and who will be in residence in North Carolina the majority of his/her term may serve as a ASGO officer. Officers are normally elected at the end of the spring semester, but in certain years, when many ASGO members are away from campus, elections may be held at the beginning of the fall semester for the upcoming year.

Chair (Art History) & Chair (Art Studio): These chairs call and oversee agenda and meetings and act as liaisons with department chair and faculty advisor. Each also acts as the primary representative of his/her part of the department on behalf of the other members of ASGO.

Chair Emeritus: The Chair Emeritus provides continuity of leadership and oversees completion or execution of plans undertaken during his/her term. The Chair Emeritus also acts as Chair when current Chairs are absent. Since the MFA program is usually two years long, the previous art history chair will usually hold this position; however, if the art studio chair is still an enrolled member of the department, he/she may also serve in this position.

Secretary: The secretary takes notes during ASGO meetings and distributes them via email no later than 1 week after the meeting. He/she is also responsible for ownership of the ASGO calendar including adding all mandatory department events and facilitates the election process.

Treasurer: Treasurer manages financial accounts and provides statements of fiscal standing to executive board upon request. The treasurer is also responsible for presenting receipts to the department for reimbursement on behalf of ASGO members incurring expenses and for coordinating and approving budgets including in grant and funding applications.

External Museums Liaison: Oversees projects with galleries and museums, especially the Ackland and the NCMA.

GPSF representative: Represents ASGO at GPSF meetings and takes responsibility for ensuring that ASGO members are kept up-to-date on graduate school general affairs.

Social coordinator: This person shares responsibility with the secretary for maintaining events on the ASGO calendar and is the contact person and coordinator for social events, including volunteer activities. He/she also helps integrate newly enrolled and prospective students into ASGO.

Standing Comittees

Object! Committee: Consists of two or more graduate students who coordinate with graduate and undergraduate volunteers to maintain and produce the academic student journal (

Other committees to be determined and formed as needed, based on approval from executive board.
All committees must present progress reports twice annually at all-ASGO meetings and as required to the executive board. Any funding requirements incurred by committees must be approved by executive board.
All committees are formed of volunteers, who may serve indefinitely.

For more information

For more information, please contact Beth Fischer, 2010-2011 ASGO President, at
The complete ASGO constitution, as submitted to the graduate school for approval in spring of 2011, is available here.

ASGO facebook site:

Undergraduate Art Association

The Undergraduate Art Association is a student run organization that supports and develops undergraduate visual artists and strengthens their relationship with the community.

We strive to promote enhanced interaction between UNC students and faculty with visiting artists, arts professionals, and art audiences.

We will achieve these goals by:

  • Sponsoring Undergraduate student shows on campus and around town.
  • Inviting guest lecturers to speak about current art production and exhibition opportunities, and to critique student work.
  • Organizing extra-curricular art classes open to all interested students.
  • Maintaining a UAA website to help inform the community about our many exciting events.

By creating these art-related programs, we can foster the development and appreciation of the art community at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

UAA Website: