February brings big things for the College of the Arts, with Daryl Joseph Moore taking the role as the college’s new dean on Feb. 1, and the Department of Visual Arts accepting submissions for this year’s juried student art exhibition from Feb. 1-10.

The previous dean of the College of the Arts was H. Gordon Brooks, who retired in 2021. Until now, Michael McClure, associate dean and professor in the School of Art and Architecture, served as an interim dean.

Moore’s experience includes serving as the dean of the College of Arts and Communication at William Paterson University, being the founding dean of the College of the Arts at California State University and chairing the Department of Art and Design at Montclair State University.

Moore’s specialty is in the visual and fine arts, holding a master of fine arts degree from Syracuse University and having had “extensive visual arts professional experience in a range of capacities, including executive leadership positions,” according to the university’s website.

According to the university’s website, Moore’s accomplishments include “successful implementation of new academic programs; coordinating national accreditation efforts; helping to secure grant funding and private gifts; faculty development; and creating civic and industry partnerships.”

Moore stated that he looks forward to the opportunity to work with both the students and educators of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

“Joining the UL Lafayette community and contributing to the advancement of a public R1 institution of merit, inclusion and knowledge creation is exciting and challenging. The University’s vision, mission, progressive culture and worldview in the preparation of students to be global citizens mirrors my ideals,” Moore said in a statement on the university’s website.

From Feb. 1-10, the Department of Visual Arts is accepting submissions for “Dedicated,” the 2023 Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition. This year’s guest juror is Abigail Heuss, an associate professor teaching 3D design and metalsmithing at Valdosta State University.

All students majoring or minoring in visual arts or art are eligible to enter the exhibition. All media is accepted, and can be either something done for a class project or independently, as long as it was created within the last two years. Students may submit up to three works with a $15 fee.

Entrants are eligible to win cash awards, with $150 going to the Best of Show, $100 to second place and $50 to third place. Winners are to be selected by the juror based on the criteria of originality, creativity and technical skill.

Entrants will be notified if their work was accepted into the exhibit on Feb. 20. The exhibit will be live for all students to visit from Mar. 1-24 in the Fletcher Hall Gallery. On the first day of the exhibition, Heuss will have a talk, as well as announce the award winners.

Students have received a link in their school email with further instructions on how to register for the exhibition through ArtCall, and guidelines on how to prepare their works to be submitted, presented and installed. The deadline for submissions is Feb. 10.