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SADAH fosters a regular and varied schedule of visiting artists, scholars and designers on campus each semester. Invited art professionals represent a diverse range of viewpoints and practices that enrich the regular calendar of coursework and provide undergraduate and graduate students with a better understanding of what possible pathways exist for future successful careers in the visual arts.

 Los-Angeles based artist and activist Tanya Aguiñiga leads a workshop for students called "Felting on a Human Body. Aguiñiga's perspective as a Mexican-American was a part of the group show Edge Walkers at the Duke Hall Gallery of Fine Art in 2019. Her visit to JMU was sponsored by the College of Visual and Performing Arts Cultural Connections Grant.

Arts Entrepreneurship & Professional Development Series

The Arts Entrepreneurship and Professional Development Series facilitates a broad, ongoing discussion about entering creative professions and building individualized career paths for SADAH students. 

Events provide an open invitation to topics that students may not otherwise independently explore during their undergraduate careers including: career development resources, branding, and business planning. Moreover, this program promotes interdisciplinary connections between the School of Art, Design and Art History, the Center for Entrepreneurship, and other resources serving our students’ professional and personal goals.


Kevin Phaup, Faculty Coordinator
R Mertens, Faculty Coordinator
Greg Stewart, Faculty Coordinator
Stephanie Williams, Faculty Coordinator

Encore Exhibition Series

The Encore Series is an annual program sponsored by the College of Visual & Performing Arts that seeks to enrich the cultural and intellectual life of the greater university community. SADAH offers exhibitions and public lectures of major figures in contemporary art.

Past participants in the Encore Series have included: Robert ArnesonSeymour ChwastChuck CloseMaria Magdalena Campos-PonsLesley DillArgus Paul EstabrookMilton GlaserRed GroomsPhil MeggsElizabeth Murray, Philip PearlsteinFaith Ringgold, Leslie Saar, Raymond SaundersPeter SaulMiriam SchapiroSandy SkoglundAlan ShieldsJerry Uelsmann, and William T. Wiley, among others.

Dorothy Liskey Wampler Distinguished Professorship of Art Series

Each academic year, the endowed Dorothy Liskey Wampler Distinguished Art Professorship brings to campus a varied program of distinguished visiting artists, scholars and critics.

Past Wampler Professors have traveled to JMU from around the world, and have included:  Perry BardDr. Terry BarrettCarol BartonXu BingDr. Suzanne Blier, Pamela Blotner, Dr. B. Stephen Carpenter II, Barbara Cooper, Arthur Danto, Dr. Leah Dickerman,  Bob Ebendorf, Argus Paul Estabrook, John Foster,  Suzi GablikDr. W. Dwaine Greer, Dr. Fredrika Jacobs,  Ivan Karp, Donald Kuspit, Rainer Goetz, Stefan Graupner, Eve Laramee,  Anthony LeeSusan LeopoldLucy LippardDr. Amy Lyford,  Peter Plagens,  Earl A. Powell III, J. Morgan Puett,  Rosamond PurcellLawrence Rinder, Dr. Renee Sandell,  Dr. Kirk Savage, Salvatore Scalora, Sam Shelton,  Roy SieberPaul VanouseBill ViolaRichard WilsonJames WinesAmy Yoes, among others.

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