ROCK HILL, S.C. - Andrew Jay Svedlow, dean of Winthrop University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts, has been appointed dean of the College of Performing and Visual Arts at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colo. His departure date will be in July.
An interim dean will be announced by Winthrop officials in the next few weeks. A national search for a new dean will take place over the next academic year.
The University of Northern Colorado has an enrollment of about 12,000 students and is home to two state of Colorado designated programs of excellence: music and theatre arts. The College of Performing and Visual Arts offers undergraduate, master’s level, and doctoral degrees through its School of Music, School of Theatre Arts and Dance, and School of Visual Arts.
Svedlow has served as dean at Winthrop since 2000, having previously worked as president of the New Hampshire Institute of Art and as assistant director of the Museum of the City of New York.
"The Winthrop community has been very supportive during my time here," Svedlow said. "This job offer was an opportunity for my family to live in a part of the country that we haven’t lived in. I love the challenge of new experiences, and this was good timing for my young children."
While at Winthrop, Svedlow has helped the university develop a number of new programs, including:
- Kaleidoscope, a summer arts camp for young people ages 13-18
- The Master of Arts in Arts Administration degree program, which Svedlow directs
- Eagle Editions, Winthrop University’s CD recording program
- The College of Visual and Performing Arts Office of Student Services
- The Office of Community Arts
- The Arts in Basic Curriculum Project’s Outreach Initiative
- Arts Express, lifelong learning programs in the arts for community residents
- The Winthrop University Medal of Honor in the Arts ceremony to honor those who have contributed to the arts\
- The return of musical theatre and opera to Winthrop’s production schedule
At his new job, Svedlow, who held the rank of professor of art education at Winthrop, also will hold the position of professor of art.
An artist, writer and critic, Svedlow has published on art education, museum education and arts administration. His publications include articles on lifelong learning, reveries on aesthetics, and the history of art museums in America. His art criticism has appeared in such journals as American Artist, the New Art Examiner, and the Kansas Quarterly. A painter and printmaker, Svedlow’s artworks have been exhibited in galleries and museums in North and South Carolina, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Kansas and Missouri. His most recent one-person exhibition opened in August 2004 at Gaston College in Gastonia, N.C.
The dean received his Ph.D. in art education from the Pennsylvania State University and has taught art education, museum education, art history, arts administration, aesthetics and studio art at numerous colleges and universities.
He is married to Deborah Croarkin-Svedlow, who is stepping down in July from her position as deputy director of finance for the York County Cultural Heritage Museums. He has five children, Aaron Svedlow, a research biologist in Maine; David Svedlow a student at the College of St. Rose in Albany, N.Y.; Hannah, 11; Zoe, 8; and Summer, 4.