To the Editor:
As senior associate dean for fine arts and humanities in the College of Arts & Sciences, I am in the fortunate position of seeing daily how the university, under the leadership of Chancellor Carol Folt and Dean Kevin Guskiewicz, is investing in advancing the arts and the humanities at Carolina.
I would like to address some of the issues raised in an article published April 6 in the Daily Tar Heel that suggested that these disciplines are being neglected at UNC.
Yes, on this historic, 225-year-old campus, we have aging buildings. Their maintenance is systematically being addressed. With regard to the Hanes Art Center roof issue referenced in the article, funds have been allocated to replace the roof, and construction was scheduled to begin this past fall. However, the work was necessarily delayed until the Porthole Alley project, which limited access to the site, was completed. With that project recently wrapped up, the Hanes roof work is scheduled to begin next month.
We will be welcoming a new faculty member (specializing in photography) to the Department of Art and Art History this fall, funded in part through philanthropy; we’ve just received a $500,000 gift to fund programmatic aspects of the Art program that will enrich the student experience; and an Art Ph.D. student was recently named a Kenan Graduate Fellow, also thanks to a private gift.