Kennesaw State hires new chair of visual arts department

Following a competitive national search‚ Kennesaw State University has appointed Joe Thomas…

Georgia (Jun 17, 2008) — Kennesaw State hires new chair of visual arts department

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Kennesaw State hires new chair of visual arts department

KENNESAW‚ Ga. (July 17‚ 2008) — Following a competitive national search‚ Kennesaw State University has appointed Joe Thomas as chair of the Department of Visual Arts. Thomas’ previous position was associate professor of art history at Clarion University of Pennsylvania.

One of Thomas’s goals as department chair is to heighten the profile of the visual arts program at KSU. “I plan for us to sit down and see where we want to go and how our department can meet the goals of the university. As we emphasize what makes our program unique‚ students will see Kennesaw State as an important arts program‚ and when comparing with other schools‚ they will consider KSU their top choice.”

He holds a doctoral degree in art history from University of Texas at Austin‚ a master of arts degree in art history from Southern Methodist University and a bachelor of fine arts degree in studio art with a specialization in art history from North Texas State University. Thomas’ specializations include 20th century and contemporary art history‚ sexuality and representation‚ and Italian Renaissance art. Thomas’ understanding and experience in both studio art and art history will assist him in furthering an environment for a cohesive art program at KSU.

In addition to serving as department chair at Kennesaw State‚ Thomas will continue to teach art history. As an educator‚ Thomas says‚ “I enjoy creating artistically literate citizens who have a basic knowledge to understand and be comfortable with art.”

Thomas will begin serving as chair of the visual arts department on Aug. 1.

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