The North Carolina Central University (NCCU) Department of Art will celebrate 75 years of art education with a reception at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 6, in the Music Recital Hall of the C.M. Edwards Building.
NCCU administrators, faculty, students, staff the general public are invited to attend. Chancellor Debra Saunders-White is scheduled to make remarks. The annual New Horizon Art Student Exhibition will open in the NCCU Art Museum following the anniversary reception.
The Department of Art opened in 1939 after NCCU founder and president, Dr. James Shepard hired Marion Parham Cordice to be the first director of art curricula. Certificates in art education were awarded initially. Later, a bachelor's degree was added.
The Department of Arts has made major contributions to the campus throughout its history, including the 1956 bronze statue of Dr. Shepard that now stands at the main entrance of the campus, which was created by faculty member William Zorach.
Today, art majors at NCCU typically concentrate in the field of visual communications and find employment in graphic design and media related professions.