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Visiting Artists Program

Visiting Artists ProgramSuccess in the fine arts requires talent, skill, inspiration, creativity and, most importantly, education. Artists need to learn from one another on a regular basis and share their knowledge to improve and grow. Students in the College of Fine Arts get that experience not only from faculty, but also working professionals through the Visiting Artists Program.

Established in 2001 by then-Dean Raymond Tymas-Jones, the program provides funding to bring in noted artists and scholars in the visual and performing arts to the Athens campus to work with students and faculty. Previously, visiting artists were a part of the college’s annual budget, making it subject to cutbacks. The Visiting Artists Program is supported by an endowed fund created by the college’s faculty and staff to ensure the program’s longevity of the program and diminish the need for state funding. The fund, now at $40,000, has grown 166% in a dozen years.

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Impact of the Visiting Artists Program

The College of Fine Arts Visiting Artists Program has a significant impact on our students, faculty, staff, the Ohio University and Athens community, and beyond.


  • Through the Visiting Artists Program, we invest in our students’ futures and enliven the currency of our programs.
  • Students interact directly with high caliber artists and scholars on campus and gain meaningful real world experience.
  • Visiting artists and scholars teach specialized practices, classes, choreography, instrument instruction, conduct art studio visits and present lectures and workshops for students.
  • Visiting artists and scholars come to share their time, expertise and experiences within our College, in our Residential Learning Community’s Lincoln Hall and with the community at large.


Faculty and Staff

  • Every year artists and scholars visit each of the six schools in the College of Fine Arts where they demonstrate their skill and share their knowledge in their chosen art or career field with faculty and students.
  • They contribute to public performances in the Schools and support the work of faculty and staff.


OHIO and Athens Community

  • The Visiting Artists Program helps connect Athens, Ohio to the rest of the arts world and to the community by bringing significant artists to campus.
  • Prioritizing the value of visiting artists contributes to the rich cultural life of the community.

Click here to download a brochure about the Visiting Artists Program and how you can make a donation.


Make a Gift to the Fine Arts Visiting Artists Program

To mail a gift to the College of Fine Arts Visiting Artists Program, please make your check payable to The Ohio University Foundation. Please designate your gift by writing College of Fine Arts Visiting Artists Program in the memo line of the check.

The mailing address is:
The Ohio University Foundation
PO Box 869
Athens, OH 45701-0869

To make an immediate gift to the Visiting Artists Program online using your credit or debit card, please visit: and fill in College of Fine Arts Visiting Artists Program in the box marked “Other”.

Or contact Julie “Z” Zdanowicz, Director of Development for the College of Fine Arts, at (740) 593-1808 or