Visual Art Mission Statement
The Visual Arts faculty is dedicated to providing a comprehensive undergraduate education in the visual arts. The program is committed to the preparation of every Art Major with superior training and technical knowledge necessary to launch careers in the fine arts and art education. The students will gain exposure to global perspectives in visual culture and opportunities to engage in critical thinking and analysis of works of art. Students will be further prepared for future challenges through experience in the professional presentation and defense of their creative work.
Fayetteville, NC - For the Fall 2013 semester, a Fayetteville State University (FSU) Art class participated in a service learning project with the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (FACVB). As part of the project, the Art 452-01 Ceramics IV was asked to create a mural for the FACVB office stairwell that visually answers the question: "What Does Cumberland County Look Like?"
The students' mural will be unveiled at a private reception on Thursday, November 21 at 5:30 pm in the FACVB's downstairs lobby at 245 Person Street. Media is invited to attend.
"We are honored to showcase the student's depiction of the question we posed- 'What does Cumberland County look like?," said John Meroski, FACVB President and CEO. "Thanks to FSU's Office of Civic Engagement and Service Learning and the students for their hard work on this mural. This is freedom of expression in action."
"Through this service-learning project, our students have contributed to the fabric of the community and showcased their talent," says Dr. Sherree R.B. Davis, Director of the Office of Civic Engagement and Service Learning. "This project, which reflects FSU's commitment to Fayetteville and Cumberland County, will leave a lasting imprint."
The seven students who worked on the mural are: Frankie Freeman, Monica Griffin, Yavaughn Jackson, Su Kim, Damien Mathis, Sylvester "PJ" Purdie and Dayshaun Tate. "This was an opportunity for young
students to apply their training, skills and creative talent through a partnership with the real world," said class instructor and Associate Professor in Visual Arts Socorro Hernandez-Hinek, M.F.A.
"I'm so grateful for the leadership and guidance Socorro Hernandez-Hinek provided our art students during the course of this service learning project," said Dr. Ernest Lamb, Chair of the Department of Performing and Fine Arts. "The tag line for the Department of Performing and Fine Arts is 'Building community through the arts.' I can think of no better way to demonstrate our commitment to this ideal than through public art projects like this."
ABOUT SERVICE LEARNING AT FAYETTEVILLE STATE UNIVERSITY (FSU)
The mission of the Office of Civic Engagement and Service Learning at FSU is to support academically-based engagement in civic life and service learning to promote ethical and social responsibility. Fulfilling the UNC Strategic Directions vision, the FSU Strategic Plan, the FSU Core Curriculum, this office supports all of these efforts inclusive of related courses and service learning.
Founded in 1867, FSU is the second-oldest public institution in North Carolina. It offers nearly 60 degrees in the arts, sciences, business, and education at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels. It serves a student body of nearly 6,000 students and has a faculty and staff of approximately 900.
ABOUT THE FACVB
The Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (FACVB) is a private, not-for-profit organization responsible for positioning Fort Bragg Communities of Cumberland County as a destination for conventions, sporting events and individual travel. For additional information, visit ww.VisitFayettevilleNC.com or call 1-800-255-8217.
For more information:
Melody Foote (800)255-8217
Director of Communications
Visual Art Student Handbook
Office: Rosenthal Building, Room 256