Reed named director of School of Art and Design

SandraReedSandra Reed has been named  the new director of Marshall University’s School of Art and Design.

Reed said she is honored to join the university right when its commitment to the visual art and design is transforming historic downtown Huntington.

“This is a special place at a special time,” Reed said. “The opportunity to lead the faculty and students of the School of Art and Design as they fulfill the potential of the Visual Arts Center as a destination for vibrant study, creative production, dialogue, and exhibition was a major factor in my decision to accept the position as Director of the School of Art and Design.”

College of Arts and Media Dean Donald Van Horn said Reed’s appointment comes at an important time for the university.

“We reviewed many quality candidates from across the country, but it was Sandra’s talent, knowledge and experiences that made her the best choice,” Van Horn said. “The Visual Arts Center downtown is the premier center for the visual arts, and Sandra will represent it well. She’s a great fit.”

Reed said her two decades of experience and administration at the Savannah College of Art and Design have prepared her for the position.

“I’ve hit the ground running,” Reed said.

A painter by trade, Reed has held leadership roles in New York City and a position as the academic director for two full academic terms at the Savannah College of Art and Design site in Lacoste, France. Reed’s educational background includes two degrees earned with honors: a bachelor’s from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and a master’s in painting from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She has had work featured in the National Museum of Women in the Arts in D.C., the Ogden Museum of Art in New Orleans, Blue Gallery in Lacoste, and Gallery in Cork in London.

Grand opening events for the Visual Arts Center are scheduled for thist week, including a ribbon-cutting at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 18. There will be an opening reception for the first art exhibition, “We ART Marshall,” at 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 19, as well as a community open house from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 19.

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