Art Welcomes New Department Members

From Charles Wright, Chair, Art Department

Please join me in welcoming to the Department of Art two new members, Ann Marie Hayes-Hawkinson, the Director of the University Art Gallery, and Sherry Lindquist, Assistant Professor of Art History.

WIU Art Gallery

WIU Art Gallery

Ann Marie Hayes-Hawkinson comes to WIU with more than 20 years of experience in museum education and work as a curator of exhibits at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport Iowa, and she served as an adjunct instructor in the Museum Studies program. She was also a curatorial assistant at the Spencer Museum of Art in Lawrence, KS.

In her role at the Figge, Ann Marie was responsible for leading the museum’s educational activities. The Figge School includes an activity center, the Artica Gallery, the Mary Waterman Gildehaus Community Gallery, four art studios and the John Deere Auditorium.

Ann Marie’s professional working connections to the Department of Art at Western has already been felt through her work with the Summer Drawing Academy, the annual College Invitational exhibition, and the annual College Night open house event for college faculty and students at the Figge Art Museum.

She received an MA in Art History from the University of Kansas. It was truly a pleasure and a delight to discuss with each of the Gallery Director candidates the possibilities for renovating the facilities and rebuilding the University Art Gallery program. I look forward to working with Ann Marie in this effort.

Garwood Hall, WIU

Garwood Hall, WIU

Sherry Lindquist dons an impressive resume, and like Ann Marie, she has many local ties to this region. Sherry comes to WIU after past teaching experiences at St. Louis University, Northwestern University, Knox College, and Notre Dame University.

Sherry received a PhD in Art History from Northwestern University. She is an accomplished scholar having received highly competitive research grants from both the Fulbright and Kress Foundations. She has published well-reviewed monographs, anthologies, and numerous articles in top ranking peer-reviewed publications.

She will start her first year at WIU with article publications, and a possible book publication. Sherry was also recently elected to the Board of the International Center for Medieval Art at the Cloisters, NYC.

Thanks need to be given to Brett Eberhardt for chairing the Gallery Director’s search, and to Keith Holz for chairing the Art History search. The net result of both searches brings to the department two new colleagues that will help elevate the academic and artistic quality of the Department and the University Art Gallery programs.

I look forward to working with Sherry, Keith and Jo-Ann on articulating plans for a future Art History major.

Ann Marie will start work August 15th while Sherry Lindquist will start with New Faculty Orientation, during early August.

Please join me again with welcoming Sherry and Ann Marie to the Department of Art.

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