Sandra Reed

Visual Arts Center 508


A love of drawing underlies the creative practice of Sandra Reed. She has investigated the academic traditions of figure and landscape painting and is currently working on mixed media abstractions to be exhibited in the Library Gallery in the Academic Center on Marshall’s South Charleston campus in March 2022.

Reed is a dedicated art educator and academic advisor. She grew up on a working farm in Iowa and was a first-generation college student, attending college on a national scholarship. At Marshall, she teaches Foundations drawing and design courses, Advanced Drawing, Capstone courses, and a Yeager seminar on Drawing and Visual Literacy. Through a Special Topics course, her students presented original work at the Juliet Art Museum at the Clay Center for the Arts in Charleston (ReCollection, 2019) and presented a pair of exhibitions in Atlanta, GA and Huntington, WV (2020 Minimum Capacity/Maximum Capacity). She has hosted two Edwards Distinguished Professors in the Arts (Carol Prusa, 2019 and Craig Drennen, 2020). She has mentored two students in their successful Creative Discovery grant projects (Hannah Stanley, 2019 and Julianna Geyer, 2020). Reed has co-coordinated the Black History Month poster competition for the Dr. Carter G. Woodson Lyceum since 2016. Empowering and mentoring students in their development as independent artists and citizens are her passions.

Reed has mounted ten solo shows, and in more than twenty-five group exhibitions, received awards designated by nationally recognized jurors. Her paintings are in private and public collections including the LaGrange Museum of Art, the United States Navy Memorial, and the Telfair Academy of the Arts. From 1993-2014, Reed worked at the Savannah College of Art and Design as professor, department chair, dean of fine arts, and dean of graduate studies. She relocated to Marshall University to serve as Director of the School of Art & Design for the term 2014-2018.

Reed is actively involved in SECAC and is the past president of this national organization. She serves on the Huntington Mayor’s Arts Council and as Vice-President of the Cabell-Huntington Convention and Visitors Bureau. At Marshall, she is a Faculty Senator, serves on the Personnel and Curriculum Committees for the College of Arts and Media, the Honors College Academic Planning Committee, and the ad hoc Healthy Aging in Appalachia committee. She was recently named as the 2021-2023 Distinguished John Deaver Drinko Academy Fellow, the first studio artist to be honored with this university-wide recognition.

“Creativity is the ability to proceed in the face of uncertainty.”
“Drawing is a way of knowing the world.” – adapted from Albrecht Dürer

MFA Painting, The George Washington University, Morris Louis Fellow
BFA Painting and Drawing, Drake University, National Alumni Scholar