The Arts at the University of Maryland
The recently announced Arts for All initiative at The University of Maryland partners the arts with the sciences, technology and other disciplines to develop new and reimagined curricular and experiential offerings that nurture different ways of thinking to spark dialogue, understanding, problem solving and action. Academic programs in the arts are housed within the College of Arts and Humanities, including the Department of Art, the Department of Art History and Archaeology, and the Department of English M.F.A Program in Creative Writing, and the Schools of Music and Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies. The Honors College: Design Cultures and Creativity program explores the roles and impact of design in our societies and creative practices; we are theorists and thinkers who investigate the digital age through designing, analyzing, and making. The School of Architecture, Preservation and Planning seeks to create and preserve a sustainable built environment that promotes social justice, cultural value, resource conservation, and economic opportunity.
The University of Maryland is also home to many arts-focused or arts-integrative centers, galleries and institutes: the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora, the Herman Maril Gallery, the Kibel Gallery, the Linear Gallery, the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities, the Michelle Smith Collaboratory for Visual Culture, the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library, the UMD Art Gallery, the Stamp Gallery, and the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.
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Bonnie Thornton Dill was appointed dean of the University of Maryland’s College of Arts and Humanities in 2011. She joined the university in 1991 as professor and served as chair of the women’s studies department for eight years.
As dean, Thornton Dill has worked to increase support for and the visibility of arts and humanities research and scholarship; provide leadership for interdisciplinary initiatives within the college and across the campus; support student engagement with underserved communities; and increase the number of UMD’s national scholarship award recipients.
A pioneering scholar on the intersections of race, class and gender in the U.S. with an emphasis on African-American women, work and families, she is founding director of both the Center for Research on Women at the University of Memphis and the Consortium on Race, Gender, and Ethnicity at UMD. Her scholarship includes three books and numerous articles.
She is former president of the National Women’s Studies Association; former vice president of the American Sociological Association; and former chair of the Committee of Scholars for Ms. magazine.
She earned her doctoral and master’s degrees in sociology and human relations, respectively, from New York University and her bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Rochester.