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Date: August 14, 2002
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New Chair Selected for UNCP's Art Department

Janette HopperThis summer, the UNC Pembroke Art Department got its first new chair in 32 years.

Janette K. Hopper, a painter and professor from Central Michigan University, takes over a veteran department from Paul VanZandt, who will return to full-time teaching duties.

Ms. Hopper said she is in an enviable position at UNCP.

"This is a strong and very experienced department," she said. "They are artists and professors who are very involved in the creative process themselves and with their students, which is very important."

"There are many exciting things going on here with John Labadie's multi-media project and the new Master's of Art Education program," Ms. Hopper said.

For Mr. VanZandt, the time was right to step back from leading the department he joined in 1969.

"I appreciate the opportunity to lead the Art Department, but and it's time for new leadership and new ideas," Mr. Vanzandt said. "I am looking forward to teaching full time."

Mr. VanZandt teaches sculpture, ceramics and three-dimensional design. He has left a visible mark on campus with bronze statues of university founder Hamilton McMillan, the school's hawk mascot and Adolph Dial, founder of the American Indian Studies program.
"I am looking forward to working with Ms. Hopper," he said. "She has a strong artistic and academic background."

Besides her administrative duties as department chair, Ms. Hopper will teach art history, drawing, design and painting in oil, acrylic and water colors. She finds the environment in North Carolina's stimulating for an artist.

"The light is very good here, and the heavy atmosphere is emotionally expressive," the artist said. "The thick green growth, the changes in the atmosphere and the huge dramatic skies are appealing for a landscape artist."

Prof. Hopper's scholarly and artistic activities are numerous. In 1992, she won a Fullbright Scholarship for a one-man show in Copenhagen, Denmark. This was the first of several grants and awards, including several grants that have taken her to France, Bulgaria and Montana.

Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Ms. Hopper earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and a Master of Arts in secondary education from Boise State University. She received her Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Oregon.

She is an member of the Artists Trust, the College Art Association, the Fullbright Association, the National Women's Caucus for Art and the Allied Arts Association among others.

Ms. Hopper has exhibited her work widely and her student's work has won many awards. She has written many scholarly articles, and her work appears in many publications.

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