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Gathering space named after retired art professor

Dan selterAn outdoor gathering space has been created in the rear of the Charles L. Shearer Art Building adjacent to the kiln. It’s named in honor of art professor emeritus Dan Selter, who retired in 2010 after 35 years on the faculty and whose area of expertise was ceramics.

“Dan was always an advocate for the development of stimulating and alternative gathering spaces on campus,” said art professor and fine arts division chair Jack Girard, whose 30-year tenure on the faculty overlapped most of Selter’s. “The Dan Selter Outdoor Garden is very consistent with his vision.”

Faculty members and students use the space for informal meetings, social interaction, and some small studio classes. The garden includes benches and landscaping featuring azaleas. In warm weather, the area is sunlit in the morning and shaded in the evening.  It was completed over the summer of 2010 and dedicated in September.

Girard said it was appropriate to name the space after Selter because of the role he played in advancing the university’s art program during his tenure.

“Dan was the driving force behind the evolution of Transylvania’s art and art history programs,” he said. “During the 1970s, it was Dan who steered the program during its early years in the Mitchell Fine Arts building when many courses were partial-unit activity classes. Course offerings tripled, and Morlan Gallery became a professional-grade exhibition space during Dan’s years.”

Group at selter gathering space
Morlan Gallery director Andrea Fisher speaks during a dedication service for the Shearer Art Building gathering space.

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