Betsy Towns

Associate ProfessorDivision of Liberal Arts
Betsy Towns

I give students space to take risks and puzzle through their own artistic sensibilities by grappling with those of other great artists and thinkers. I expect them to exceed the bounds of any single discipline or way of thinking and model ways of doing that.  I help them to think deeply, critically, and creatively and to express themselves in diverse contemporary range of modes.

Awards, Recognitions and Honors

  • Morehead Scholar
  • UNCSA Excellence in Teaching Award
  • UNCCH Undergraduate Teaching Award Recipient
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Honors in Creative Writing
  • Luce Fellowship recipient
  • Joseph Pogue Fellowship Recipient

Career Highlights

  • Principal/Lead Designer for NC Zoological Park Children’s immersive exhibit Master Plan
  • Recapturing Childhood, Solo Exhibit RedSky Gallery
  • Charlotte Arts Council Permanent public sculpture Irwin Creek Center
  • Working at UNCSA


  • Southeastern College Art Association
  • National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts
  • College Art Association


PhD in Art HistoryUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

M.A. in Art HistoryUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

B.A. in English/Studio ArtUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill