Approximately 25 decades in the past, Paul Dunlap enrolled as a non-regular scholar at UNG to pursue a diploma in art. He enrolled in Hank Margeson’s images class and discovered his enthusiasm.

“That was a video game changer. The knowledge at UNG altered my existence profoundly,” Dunlap mentioned. Now, the 2001 alumnus is a professor in the Office of Visual Arts at UNG. His is one particular of lots of related stories all over the past 50 years.

Dunlap and some others in the UNG local community are encouraged to share their memories of the previous and current on the department’s Fb and Instagram internet pages. UNG college students, alumni, school, staff, supporters, or artists, are requested to use the #DOVA50 in the submit.

“When we glance again at 50 years ago, so lots of individuals left their footprints at UNG,” Vanessa Bamber, enhancement officer for the College of Arts & Letters, reported. “The ‘Celebrating 50 Many years of Visual Arts’ knowledge supplies an option for individuals folks to share their feelings and keep on to interact with the department.”

UNG’s visual arts plan was formed with new music and theater in 1971 as the Section of Fantastic Arts on the Dahlonega Campus. Headed by Robert “Bob” Owens from1972-2002, it experienced two college associates and supplied two levels. Two years later in 1973-74, a total-time instructor of art started instructing on the Gainesville Campus in the humanities division.

Because then, visible arts has grown to 36 college and team associates who teach approximately 500 art majors and 150 art minors in 6 locations or concentrations. The division presents 7 undergraduate diploma programs, 5 minors and one certification.

Visual arts has hit various milestones in the previous decade. In 2015, it acquired accreditation from the National Affiliation of Schools of Art and Structure, the most prestigious accreditation in visible arts schooling. In two yrs soon after that, it launched a electronic arts and graphic design and style concentrations. In 2018, it switched from a Bachelor of Arts degree to a Bachelor of Good Arts. And this tumble, the section moved into a new facility on the Gainesville Campus.

The golden anniversary will be celebrated all yr very long to enable a huge audience to take part.

“If you only have 1 function, people today could miss out on out,” Bamber mentioned. “If we have a number of, folks can pick a couple of activities to go to throughout the tumble or spring semesters or each.”

Anniversary activities contain artist talks via Zoom, school and college student exhibitions on a few campuses, portray fundraisers, Art-OUT college/university student art sale all through Gold Hurry and a visual arts alumni reunion at Pine Valley.

A movie task also is in progress to archive the origins and evolution of the office from its founders. Just about every person’s interview is scheduled to final about 2 minutes.

“The founders are being questioned about what was included to get started the division and their position in the procedure,” Bamber explained. “We are also inquiring them to give suggestions to learners.”

The online video will be featured on the department’s web page when finished. At the moment, a temporary record and an things to do listing are shown there.


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