“I want to thank the committee and its co-chairs, Tracy Cowden and Lisa Montoya, and our many group companions from throughout San Antonio’s wealthy arts ecosystem who helped make this search a hit,” mentioned Glenn Martínez, dean of the school. “I’ve nice confidence in Libby Rowe’s skill to guide the brand new Faculty of Artwork throughout its adolescence, constructing on the sturdy foundations established by the Southwest Faculty of Artwork and the UTSA Division of Artwork and Artwork Historical past. Libby’s deep understanding and appreciation of those foundations will make sure that the brand new Faculty of Artwork emerges as a coveted vacation spot for college students in search of high quality instruction in studio artwork, artwork historical past and artwork training.”
Rowe’s appointment, which grew to become official only a few days earlier than the one-year anniversary of UTSA’s integration with the Southwest Faculty of Artwork, opens an thrilling new chapter for the Faculty of Artwork and its college students. The varsity’s further assets and expanded classroom, studio and exhibition house has created new alternatives to develop course choices within the arts for college students and the broader group.
Underneath Rowe’s steerage, the Faculty of Artwork will actively search partnerships with native, nationwide and worldwide artwork organizations. These connections will present college students with helpful experiential studying alternatives reminiscent of internships, exhibitions and creative exchanges.
Rowe’s experience, dedication to group involvement, and fervour for offering alternatives for college students make her a useful asset to the UTSA group. With Rowe on the forefront, the UTSA Faculty of Artwork is poised to proceed its custom of excellence whereas exploring new frontiers in artwork training and inventive expression.
“Our school and employees have labored exhausting to set a robust basis for the varsity over the previous yr, constructing on the various years of dynamic arts training at UTSA,” mentioned Rowe. “This yr has already offered new alternatives to interact with native galleries and exhibitions and we look ahead to creating additional relationships with companions throughout the area, the nation and internationally.”
“After an in depth nationwide search, we’ve got discovered that one of the best expertise for the COLFA Faculty of Artwork founding director place is true right here at residence. Libby Rowe’s skill to guide and work collaboratively with all in our group for the advantage of our college students was evident in her key position all through UTSA’s integration with the Southwest Faculty of Artwork,” mentioned UTSA Provost and Senior Vice President for Educational Affairs Kimberly Andrews Espy. “I’m particularly grateful to our search committee and our group companions whose expertise and experience have been so necessary to the success of the search. I’ve little question that beneath Libby’s management, the Faculty of Artwork will flourish and supply a vibrant studying expertise to arrange UTSA college students effectively for his or her daring futures.”
Rowe acquired her B.F.A. from the College of Northern Iowa and her M.F.A. from Syracuse College. As an artist, Rowe works in pictures, sculpture, interactive set up, and efficiency. Her art work explores sociological, physiological and psychological elements of femininity and concepts of identification and belonging by means of self-definitions knowledgeable by social and home constructs. She has been exhibited throughout america and overseas, most not too long ago in Mexico Metropolis at Casa Lü Gallery. Her work additionally resides in everlasting collections on the Mild Work Gallery in Syracuse, New York, on the Hoffman Gallery in Portland, Oregon, and in non-public collections throughout the nation.