Kennesaw State names new art gallery director

The College of the Arts at Kennesaw State University has named Will Hipps the new director of…

Georgia (Jul 28, 2006) — Kennesaw State names new art gallery director

Cheryl Anderson Brown

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Kennesaw—The College of the Arts at Kennesaw State University has named Will Hipps the new director of galleries. The university’s gallery program currently schedule more than a dozen local‚ national and international exhibitions each year in two galleries. In April‚ the university began construction on the first phase of a new art museum.

Hipps’ university and college experience includes organizing three fine art departments‚ curating fine art exhibitions and teaching studio and lecture courses. As an artist‚ Hipps has exhibited throughout the United States‚ creating visual and performance art in New York‚ Provincetown‚ Boston‚ Atlanta‚ San Francisco‚ Los Angeles and Baltimore. As an arts administrator‚ in addition to operating his own galleries and artists’ studios‚ he has successfully raised funds for many non−profit arts programs and created artists’ fellowships.

“Will Hipps has an established record of working with galleries across the country. As Kennesaw State proceeds with creating an Art Museum on campus‚ Mr. Hipps will be able to move us to the next level of excellence‚” said Joseph Meeks‚ Dean of the KSU College of the Arts.

Hipps’ career as arts administrator‚ curator‚ teacher and artist includes a string of achievements. For example‚ under his direction as executive director/curator of Angels Gate Cultural Center for the Visual and Performing Arts in Los Angeles‚ Hipps secured 12 grants over a four−year period‚ increased the budget by 30%‚ and raised media coverage and membership by 58% within two years.

As director of exhibitions at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)‚ Hipps administered more than 100 exhibitions annually‚ and taught arts practicum in the graduate program at MICA.

His most recent roles include the positions of director of the Rebecca Randall Bryan Gallery and assistant professor on the visual arts faculty at Coastal Carolina University near Myrtle Beach‚ S.C.
Although he is already working on campus‚ Hipps officially assumes his new post on August 1 as Roberta Griffin‚ the current director‚ retires after 23 years of service at Kennesaw State.

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Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population approaching 20‚000 from 132 countries. The third largest state university out of 35 institutions in the University System of Georgia‚ Kennesaw State offers more than 60 graduate and undergraduate degrees‚ including a brand new Doctorate of Education in Leadership.

The KSU College of the Arts is one of only four Georgia institutions to have achieved full national accreditation for all of its arts programs.

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A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu

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