Press Release for Tuesday, November 17, 2015
UNF Department of Art and Design Chair Receives SECAC Award
Contact: Andrea Mestdagh, Specialist
of Public Relations
Murphy, chair of the University of North Florida’s Department of Art and Design
and professor of art history, was recently awarded the Southeastern College Art
Conference (SECAC) Award for Excellence in Teaching which recognizes
outstanding teaching by a SECAC member who demonstrates an exceptional command
of his/her discipline through the ability to teach effectively, impart
knowledge and inspire students.
Murphy, a Southside resident, became the inaugural chair of the then newly
formed UNF Department of Art and Design in 2004. She teaches a course each
semester and has taught ancient Roman art and architecture, Italian renaissance
art, baroque art, Michelangelo, and art history on site in Italy. In 2009, she
founded UNF’s Italy Summer Program, a six-week program for students to study
Murphy has been recognized numerous times by
UNF for her work, receiving awards for outstanding faculty service, outstanding
international leadership and outstanding undergraduate teaching, an honor she
earned twice. Additionally, the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville
honored her an outstanding art educator.
She served on the board
of directors for SECAC and was also the organization’s first vice president and
president. In 2012, she received the groups Award for Exemplary Achievement in
recognition of personal and professional development, as well as long-standing
service to the organization.
Murphy received a
doctorate in art history from Boston University and she earned a master’s
degree in art history from Florida State University, where she studied at the
University’s Florence, Italy, campus. She also taught at its Florence program.
SECAC is a non-profit organization that
promotes the study and practice of the visual arts in higher education on a
national basis. SECAC facilitates cooperation and fosters on-going dialog about
pertinent creative, scholarly and educational issues between faculty and
administrators in universities, colleges, community colleges, professional art
schools and museums.
The mission of the
Department of Art and Design at UNF is to provide outstanding undergraduate
teaching in the disciplines of studio arts, photography, graphic design and
digital media and art history as well as to instill creative, analytical,
applied and theoretical skills while providing opportunities for
university located on
an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to
enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures
through a well-rounded education.