Dean's Office

Message from Dean Valerie B. Morris

Valerie B. Morris

As a winner of the South Carolina Governor's Award for the Arts – the state's highest award in the arts – our school has been recognized for its tremendous academic programming, dedicated artist-scholars and extensive community outreach.

The School has grown in 30 years, from an intimate fine arts department to a school that consists of seven academic departments and programs, including a major in Computing in the Arts in partnership with the School of Science and Math. We offer a wide range of courses and educational opportunities, including travel abroad experiences. 

In addition, our exceptionally talented students, alumni, faculty and staff have won major research grants, competitions and other notable awards.

Over the years we've cultivated a bountiful season of arts events that expose our students and the community to professional artists and scholars hailing from around the globe. Housed in our school is The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, which offers unique exhibitions, films, lectures and more. Learn more about our event offerrings.

In 2010, we significantly expanded our facilities with The Marion and Wayland H. Cato Jr. Center for the Arts. Renovations of our original building, the Simons Center for the Arts, will be the next step to upgrading our facilities.

The next few years of growth and development are extremely important for the School of the Arts. We want you to join us as students, audience members, donors and arts aficionados, and we invite you to be part of our exclusive group of Friends!


Valerie B. Morris, Dean