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A selection of images from the 2024 Department of Art and Art History Graduation

June 25, 2024

Congratulations to all of our graduates of the Class of 2024! Here are a few images of the celebrations that were held in the Friday Center in May.

MFA alumnus Mark Brown Jr named to 2024 Shandaken Storm King Artist Residency

June 18, 2024

Shandaken Projects and Storm King Art Center are pleased to announce the 2024 season of Shandaken: Storm King, welcoming ten participating artists and art collectives:

Saif Azzuz
Christopher Baliwas
Mark Anthony Brown Jr.
bree gant
Gabriella Moreno
Tendai Mupita
Bony Ramirez
Lyric Shen
Keioui Keijaun Thomas

The Shandaken: Storm King residency is a unique collaboration between Storm King and Shandaken Projects that has welcomed over 100 artists for a process-focused experience at Storm King Art Center since its founding in 2015.

This renowned opportunity supports working artists across multiple disciplines, in formats tailored to their unique needs. For the 2024 season, candidates responding to an open call application could apply to a cohort format, hosting three artists at a time, or an individuated format, for artists to be in residence alone with their families or as a collaborative group. Each format offers accommodation in a historic four-bedroom residency house with private studio spaces on Storm King’s grounds. The outcomes of each residency are largely determined by the participants themselves—the program does not require that any artwork be made during the residency.

Each participant will live and work onsite at Storm King for residencies ranging for two to four weeks each, June 17 through October 6, 2024.

Read about the residency program
Learn more about our 2024 residents

MFA alumna Vera Weinfeld receives 2024 AAF/Seebacher Prize for Fine Art

June 18, 2024

Congratulations to MFA alumna Vera Weinfield for being awarded one of four 2024 AAF/Seebacher Prizes for Fine Art from the Austrian Foundation! 

Each year, the AAF/Seebacher Prize for Fine Arts provides fine arts graduate students studying at American universities, or those who have completed their graduate studies within the past two years, fellowships to participate in the Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts in Austria.

UNC MFA alums Lee Delegard and Michael Iauch also received this award in 2013.

Art History Alumni New Position Appointments

May 21, 2024

Congratulations to several recent Art History alumni who have been appointed to new positions:

PhD alumna Alex Ziegler will be starting at the University of Wyoming in a hybrid position in education at their Art Museum and an assistant professorship in their Department of Visual Art.

PhD alumna Miranda Elston will be starting at Coastal Carolina University with an assistant professorship in their Department of Visual Arts.

MA/MSLS alumna Callie Beattie will be starting a position at the Library of Congress as an archivist in the Rare Book and Special Collections division.

In Memoriam: Ann Driscoll, PhD alumna

May 20, 2024

Alice Ann Driscoll passed away peacefully at her home in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on December 22, 2023. She was born December 2, 1941, to Daniel J Driscoll and Alice (Root) in Austin, Texas. Her childhood years were spent between Fort Worth and Austin, Texas where her father Dan Driscoll pursued his architectural career. Ann was especially proud of the Austin landmarks that Dan designed with his partner Delmar Groos, among these the Deep Eddy and Barton Springs Bathhouses.

Growing up Ann attended O’Henry Junior High and Austin High, where she served as the vice president of the student council, and was voted Senior Favorite. Ann also pursued a love of riding horses at the Hobby Horse Stables in Austin.

Ann attended University of Texas at Austin where she graduated with a degree in the school of Architecture and was a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority as well as multiple honor societies. She subsequently became one of the first women to attend law school at the University of Texas.

She married Michael Austin Hatchell on June 26th 1965, and subsequently moved to Tyler, Texas where she raised her two sons while completing her MLA at Southern Methodist University. In Tyler, she was involved in the Junior League, the First Presbyterian Church, and worked as a travel agent. She also traveled extensively internationally, pursuing her interests in art history, Egyptology, photography, language, and opera while attending classes at University of Texas at Tyler and Tyler Junior College. Ann continued on her father’s path by contributing to the architecture and design in building the family home. She later enrolled and finished her M.A. degree at Southern Methodist University in Dallas Texas where she graduated in May 1994 where she was advised by Annemarie Weyl Carr.

Ann moved to Chapel Hill, North Carolina in 1994 where she enrolled in the PhD program at University of Chapel Hill, North Carolina under the mentorship of Dr. Jaroslav Folda, where she graduated in 2005. Her dissertation, “Alberto Sotio, 1187, and Spoleto: The Umbrian Painted Cross in Italian Medieval Art” served to promote scholarly and local interest on the most sacred object in Spoleto, Italy. After graduation, Ann continued to pursue her research and teaching. She taught at Meredith College and North Carolina State, and was published in numerous publications including the Cleveland Museum of Art journal. In her later years, she moved from Chapel Hill to Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Ann will be remembered for exemplifying the intellectual curiosity, creativity, and determinism that came from her parents, and also for encouraging those same qualities in her children. Her friends around the world will also remember her “How do you do’s,” and though her lilting Texas accent faded over time with her language studies and travel, her unique charm and grace never faltered even in the midst of the challenges she faced.

Ann is preceded in death by her parents Alice and Dan, and is survived by her two sons and daughters-in-law David Hatchell (Elise) of Oakland, CA; and Chris Hatchell (Kimberly Dukes) of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She is survived as well by her brother Bill Driscoll (Meredith) of Richardson, Texas, and nephews Robert Driscoll, Steven Driscoll (Lindsey), and her special friends Latrelle Peterson from Austin, Texas and Kathy Jo Wetter from Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

The family expresses its eternal gratitude to the staff at Methwick Community in Cedar Rapids, for providing exceptional care and comfort over the last 8 years.

A memorial service in honor of Ann’s life will be held at a later time in Austin, Texas. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to Friends of Deep Eddy in Austin Texas, or the Cyprus American Archaeological Institute.

This obituary was published in the Austin American-Statesman on May 13, 2024,

Faculty Member Martin Wannam part of a online panel discussion about group exhibition featuring his work.

April 29, 2024

Martin Wannam will be part of an online panel discussion from a group exhibition which will be on view until May 10, 2024 at the 1st Floor Gallery at 20 Cooper Square, New York City.

Please join him on May 2 at 6PM for an online panel featuring the nine artists from the current exhibition “Re-Collections” in conversation with curator Daniel Arturo Almeida.

You can also read more about the exhibition and artists and curator at the exhibition website.

Student Film Screening: Creative Roots: Qatanum Expressions

April 18, 2024

Xe’il ech Txumu’n: Xhk’a’tnaquil Qatanum
ROOM 3408 – Frank Porter Graham Student Union (UNC-Chapel Hill)

Join Brenda Palacios Rodriguez (BFA Honors 2024), the director and producer of the documentary film CREATIVE ROOTS: QATANUM EXPRESSIONS, for an open discussion about her film in-production and her Awakatek (Qatanum) Mayan community roots. Learn about her documentation process, behind-the-scenes work, and lessons learned in production.

“This project shares the story of my Awakatek community as storytellers of time, where you will learn about the Awakatek Mayan cosmovision, stories of five Awakatek changemakers, and indigenous knowledge that must be preserved. Learn about what being Qatantum means today, and how the lessons learned through these relational realities help us create a more loving, understanding, and respectful world made of advocacy work for BIPOC communities across the world” – Brenda (Docu-film Director & Producer)