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Art and Art History
The Department of Art and Art History offers majors in art history and studio art which prepare students for advanced study in their chosen field.
Tri-State Sculptors 37th Annual Conference
to be hosted here October 1–4, 2015
The University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) and Cape Fear Community College (CFCC) are excited to host the 37th Annual Tri-State Sculptors Conference. Artist Judy Pfaff, recipient of 2014 ISC Lifetime Achievement Award, will be the keynote speaker. In addition, the weekend will be packed with panel discussions, demonstrations, presentations, and exhibitions. We have also partnered with the Arts Council of Wilmington/New Hanover County to feature work by Tri-State members in the Pedestrian Art series. Click here to visit the conference website >
Isabel Heblich Zermani (AAH '12)
publishes children's book through the
National Geographic Society
Isabel Heblich Zermani, UNCW alumna 2012, Art History, has published The Story of Ancient Timai, with a generous grant from the National Geographic Society, an illustrated educational book about the archaeological excavations at Tell Timai, Egypt, which she's been part of since 2011 with Dr. Nicholas Hudson. Below is the story behind the creation and principal of the book.
During summer archaeological excavations at Tell Timai in the Egyptian Delta in 2011, the excavation team that operated under the auspices of the University of Hawaii invited the elders from the village of Timai el-Amdid, which encroaches on the archaeological site, to visit the excavations. The invitation was extended with the purpose of bridging the gap between local villagers and foreign archaeologists. When the village elders accepted the invitation, they were given a full tour of the archaeological site, which they already knew as a place to graze sheep, dispose of trash, and a ready source of fertile soil for their fields, but did not know as an important place in history. After the tour they were brought to the excavation's dig house where everyone sat for tea and other refreshments. The elders unanimously agreed that the tour was of great interest and that they had, despite growing up next to the site, never considered the history of the place. They were eager to learn more and they were eager that the project reach out to the community, especially the children, to educate them about the history under their feet.
After some brain storming, Isabel Heblich Zermani (then a UNCW student in the department of Art and Art History) suggested an illustrated children's book that highlighted the history and daily lives of the people who had lived at Tell Timai from the 5th century BC to the 7th century AD. The book that has just been published is the result. After several years of collaborative work with various members of the archaeological team, working closely with Heba Samir Hindawi to translate the text into Arabic, and getting a grant from the National Geographic Society to pay for the publication, the book is now in print with copies being made available to the schools and children of village of Timai el-Amdid.
Welcome from the Department Chair
It is a distinct pleasure to welcome all to The Department of Art and Art History. The department is located in the Cultural Arts Building, a state-of-the-arts facility that opened in 2006. The building includes our primary Art Gallery, the Mezzanine Student Gallery, art history lecture halls, ceramic and sculpture studios, painting studios, drawing studios, graphic design computer lab, printmaking studio, and both digital and darkroom photography labs. The Cultural Arts Building also provides multi-use theatres and music performance halls in the performance wing. Read more>