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Art Student Graduate Organization (ASGO)

ASGO exists to further the professional development of UNC graduate-level art history and studio art students. The organization is run by graduate student-elected officers who act on behalf of the collective graduate student body and facilitate collaboration with faculty, staff, and the larger art community. ASGO officers organize scholarly talks, art events and social activities, as well as distribute professional information to fellow graduate students.

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 an 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 for the upcoming year may be held at the beginning of the fall semester.

Co-Presidents or President and Vice President: The presidents call and oversee agenda at meetings and act as liaisons with the department chair and faculty. Each person also acts as a primary representative on behalf of the other members of ASGO. The presidents coordinate all other ASGO officers and committees.

President(s) Emeritus: The president(s) emeritus provide continuity of leadership and supervise completion or execution of plans undertaken during their term. A president emeritus may also serve as acting president when current presidents are absent.

Secretary: The secretary takes notes during ASGO meetings and distributes them via email no later than one week after the meeting. He/she is also responsible for maintaining the ASGO calendar, including adding all mandatory department events, and facilitates the election process. The secretary maintains and updates the ASGO facebook page with events and  announcements.

Treasurer: The treasurer manages financial accounts and provides statements of fiscal standing to the 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.

Faculty Liaison: The faculty liaison attends all meetings with the faculty graduate committee. He/she acts as a liaison between the graduate students and faculty members, bringing any issues or problems graduate students have to the attention of the faculty.

Digital Coordinator: the digital coordinator maintains listservs, updates digital archives for ASGO (such as successful grant proposals and lists of graduate fellowships), and circulates pertinent information that is stored digitally. This officer should also submit changes to the ASGO information on the Art Department website as needed.

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 Chair: 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 Committees

Graduate Symposium and Riggins Lecture Committee: This combined Committee plans and oversees the annual graduate student symposium, as well as invites a scholar to give the keynote address under the Riggins Lectureship Series.

Grant Writing Workshop Committee: The Grant Writing Workshop Committee plans and executes periodic informational workshops for graduate students on grant writing, fellowship and postdoc applications. The Committee is expected to be in close contact with the faculty and invite them to share their expertise in these matters.

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 TBA.

The complete ASGO constitution, as submitted to the graduate school for approval in spring of 2011, is available here.

Undergraduate Art Association

The Undergraduate Art Association is a free student-run organization with membership open to all undergraduate students. The UAA aims to provide a way for all students to enjoy and explore visual art, especially in light of art class size limitations at UNC. The UAA brings art to Carolina by running a biweekly free open studio where any student can come by, use our wide variety of art supplies, and learn new media. We also run special art workshops, invite artists to campus to speak about their work and lead demonstrations, and keep our members informed about exciting art events in Chapel Hill and the surrounding areas. Come to a Wednesday night meeting and take some time to be creative!

The UAA meets every Wednesday from 6:30 to 8:30 pm (come and go as you wish) in Hanes Art 227. If you have any questions or want to be put on the UAA listserv, contact TBA. Check us out on facebook by searching “UNC art club.” Hope to see you at a meeting soon!

SAMple Gallery

Opened in 2013, the SAMple Gallery is a student-run alternative art space dedicated to expanding the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s art scene by presenting multidisciplinary art and ideas while providing a space for emerging artists (in the broadest sense) to exhibit their work. SAMple Gallery emphasizes risk and experimentation through the art of curation and takes its responsibility as a vanguard of culture seriously.

We want to promote collaboration and encourage support and communication within and beyond the art department through events designed around showcasing art and facilitating the exposure of student work outside of the classroom setting. We also want to foster a discussion of what the role of art is at a university.

Art&Life After School Program

The idea for Art&Life began in an art history classroom at UNC-Chapel Hill in response to the question: How do we combine art and life in the contemporary world?

In addition to this puzzling question, the founders of Art&Life were faced with three core problems:

  • Separation of art from life. Instead of interacting with art, many of our peers felt uncomfortable in museum spaces and hesitant to talk about art.

  • Dominance of a traditionally western world canon. The history of art reveals certain racial, gendered, and cultural hierarchies that we want to dispel. Traditionally, a western and male-dominated canon of art history is taught to students at the secondary school level. 

  • Lack of opportunities for additional arts programs in our public schools. Our public school systems and culture stress the importance of academic excellence. However, we provide few resources for students to reflect on their own identities in connection to their experiences with art. 

To address these various problems and our central question, Art&life became an after-school education program targeted towards students in the Chapel-Hill and Carrboro area. Art&Life provides these students with verbal and visual vocabularies grounded in the discipline of art history so they feel comfortable walking into any setting and discussing art. Each Art&Life teacher, selected from a pool of college students who attend UNC-Chapel Hill, designs a curriculum that includes non-western or non-traditional art, trips to the Ackland Art Museum, visits from practicing studio artists, and an emphasis on both the analytical and personal tools of art history.

For more info visit their website here.