Leading Art Educator Dr. Brenda S. Faison Named Art Museum Director

Posted January 22, 2020, 11:53AM
Brenda S. Faison, Ph.D.

Brenda S. Faison, Ph.D., has been appointed director for the North Carolina Central University (NCCU) Art Museum.

Prior to her appointment, Faison served as chair and professor for Claflin University’s Department of Art. At Claflin, Faison provided leadership for curriculum revisions and implemented new degree offerings. Additionally, she provided guidance for university efforts for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) reaffirmation; pre-consulting review for National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) accreditation. As director of the university’s Arthur Rose Museum, Faison infused partnerships between the museum and curricula offerings to provide students with hands-on learning experiences. 

“NCCU and the Triangle community are very pleased to have Dr. Faison join us as director of the North Carolina Central University Art Museum,” said Carlton Wilson, Ph.D., dean of NCCU College of Arts and Sciences. “Dr. Faison is an experienced and well-regarded art educator, who has a wealth of experience directing and managing both public and private art museums and academic programs.” 

Faison has also held positions at corporate organizations and design firms.

Before joining Claflin in 2016, she was associate professor and chair of the Department of Graphic Design Technology at North Carolina A&T State University. Faison also previously served as chair and associate professor of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Saint Augustine’s University, and as an associate professor at Virginia Commonwealth University.

She began her career in higher education at The Ohio State University and Kennesaw State University. 

Faison earned a bachelor’s in visual communication design from NCCU and a master’s in product design from North Carolina State University. She also holds a Ph.D. in art education from Ohio State University. 

“We are looking forward to her transformative leadership in enhancing the Art Museum’s rich tradition as one of the nation’s leading depositories of African American art,” Wilson said. “Dr. Faison is especially positioned to develop educational programming that will provide opportunities for our students, faculty, staff and the community to broaden their appreciation for the visual arts.” 

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