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Assistant Dean, Professor of Art
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Susan D. Zurbrigg is Assistant Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts and Professor of Art in the School of Art, Design and Art History. Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Zurbrigg earned her undergraduate degree from Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York and holds her MFA from Indiana University at Bloomington. Her paintings have been exhibited throughout the United States. Among her recent work, she is co-curator of the JMU Duke Hall Gallery exhibition Exuberance: Dialogues in African American Abstract Painting (2021), and project lead for Harrisonburg Changing the Narrative: Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation funded by The Virginia Humanities and The Kellogg Foundation (2020). Zurbrigg is the recipient of the CVPA Beck Faculty Fellowship in recognition of her creative scholarship (2020-2021). She is a part of JMU’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Leadership and has served as chair of The College Art Association’s Committee on Diversity Practices. She is the recipient of the JMU Office of the President’s Diversity Enhancement Award (2015).

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