Anne Simpkins

Associate Professor of Art
Elon West-406 W. Haggard Ave. 106
2810 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244
simpkins@elon.edu (336) 278-5721

Education

Education

MFA -Drawing and Painting, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 1985

MA-Drawing and Painting  University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 1984

BA -Art Graceland College, Lamoni, IA 1983

Employment History

Associate Professor of Fine Art- Department of Art and Art History, Elon University, Elon, NC   2004-present

 

Assistant  Professor of Fine Art- Department of Art and Art History, Elon University, Elon, NC   1994- 2004

 

Chair- Elon College Department of Art   1998-2003

 

Coordinator of Fine Arts  1998-2003

 

Gallery Director  1998-2000

 

Manager /Curator- Elon University  Art Collection 1998-2003

 

Fine Arts Convener- Earlham College, Richmond, IN    1992-1994

 

Assistant Professor of Art- Earlham College   1990-1994

 

Courses Taught

All levels of painting

Drawing I

Life Drawing

Fundamentals of Design

Study Abroad, Italy Fine Arts

The Human Face

Book Arts

Drawing with color

Paper making

Relief Printmaking

 

Leadership Positions

Chair, Study Abroad Committee 2010-11

Chair, Art Department, 1999-2003

Chair Common Reading committee 1998

Committee Service

Study Abroad 2008-2012

CATL Advisory Board

Promotion and Tenure 2006-7

Research and Development 1999-2001

Digital Search 1997, 2007

Art History Search

Art Foundations Search

Honorary Degree Committee

Distiguished Professor Committee

Distiguished Scholar Committee

 

 

 

Honnor board 06,07,08,09

 

Lyseum 1994-96

Common Reading 1997

 

Current Projects

Domestic Art
I have been interested in making art about domestic life for a number of years.
It is as though this element of our existence is so common we can’t bear to address it
in art without focusing on only the beautiful or sentimental. You see this in 19th and
20th century depictions of home and family. They seem to often depict soft focus
scenes of children playing on beaches. I in contrast, found myself struggling with a
child in deep water, torn between her desire for freedom and my need to keep her
safe.
As a parent of two daughters I quickly realized this is work that is not for the faint of
heart. It is not the tender scenes of mother and child. Parenting children includes
struggles of control, influence, learning, and nurture. My home is chaotic, messy and
decidedly unromantic. My paintings  reference a modern world of electronic
distractions, inappropriate choices and carpool drop off.
My daughters are now pre-teens. I continue to mine this rich subject for an
unsentimental view of puberty, femininity, and the issues of growing up.
This series of paintings will continue to document my observations about the many
transitions in the life of my family.

Publications

Journal cover-Philosophy as a Transformative Practice,   2008

Book cover-Twice Dead,  Yoram Lubling 2007

Global Studies Text Reissued in digital form  2005

Book cover -Kevin Boyle 2003

Global studies text Arcaro 2001

Presentations

Faculty Exhibition, Isabella Cannon room and Elon West Galleries Elon University,2011

Faculty Exhibition, Isabella Cannon room and Elon West Galleries Elon University 2008,

Faculty Exhibition, Isabella Cannon room and Elon West Galleries Elon University 2006

Solo show Triad Stage for Green Hill  Center 2004

Faculty Exhibition, Isabella Cannon Room Elon University, 2004

The Winter Show, Greenhill Center for North Carolina Art Greensboro, NC 2003

Solo show , Highpoint Theater Galleries, Highpoint, NC  2003

Group show Center for Creative Leadership, Greensboro, NC

 2003

Faculty Exhibition

Testifying’ 2005  Rosenthall Gallery, Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville, NC 2005

Southeastern College Art Association Members Exhibition

Jacksonville Art museum, Jacksonville, FL 2004

Members Juried Show Greensboro Artists League   2003

Members Juried Show Greensboro Artists League   2002

Members Juried Show Greensboro Artists League   2001

Art on Paper Weatherspoon Gallery, University of North Carolina Greensboro, Greensboro,NC

Members Juried Show Greensboro Artists League   2000

Dwight Merrimon Davidson, Juried Print Exhibition, Isabella Cannon Room  Elon College, Elon College, NC  1997

 

Professional Activities

Art Department Program Assessment North Central ICollege, Fall 2011

Awards

Technology Support Grant – summer 2009, 2010

Sabbatical, Elon University, Elon, NC  2003-2004

Summer Stipend, Elon University- 1999

Summer Artist in Residence University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill  1995,1996,1997

Technology Initiative Grant- 1999

Professional Development Grant- travel/study in American

southwest 1993

Professional Development Grant- travel/study in Washington DC 1992

Professional Development Grant- travel/study In Japan1991

CORE Artist in Residence, Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, TX 1987-89

Materials grant , Iowa Arts Council 1985

Graduate Studies grant -University of Iowa, Iowa City ,IA1984-1985

Teaching Assistantship -University of Iowa 1984-1985

Departmental Award- Graceland College, Lamoni ,IA 1983