Alumni Profile: Carmon Colangelo

Dean, School of Art
Washington University in St. Louis

Provide an educational background including professional experience.

I have a BFA with a concentration in printmaking and painting from the University of Windsor, Ontario, and a MFA with a concentration in printmaking from LSU. I have spent most of my professional career in academia, first as an associate professor at West Virginia University, and later as the chairman of that department. From there I spent nine years as director of the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia and last year I became dean and E. Desmond Lee professor in Community Collaboration in the Arts at WASHU.

Why did you choose LSU for your education?

I was looking for a dynamic printmaking department for my master’s degree and was interested in moving south and into a totally new environment. The expansion of the department in 1981 with about a dozen MFA printmakers and the direct contact with Professor Kimberly Paul Arp convinced me to go to LSU.

How did your LSU degree help to prepare you for your profession?

The graduate program gave me the support and time to develop my work. The faculty pushed me to think conceptually and develop a personal vocabulary and context for making my work.

What current or past research and projects/exhibitions have you done?

I have had recent solo exhibitions at Sandler Hudson Gallery, Atlanta, Ga.; Bruno David Gallery, St. Louis, Mo.; at the Museo de Pueblos, Guanajuato, Mexico and at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, Venice, Italy.

Please list any awards or special recognition that you have received.

2007 E. Desmond Lee Professor for Community Collaboration in the Arts.
2004 Alison and Patrick Deem Distinguished Lecturer, West Virginia University.
2003 Distinguished Research Professor, University of Georgia.