Betsy Towns

Assistant Dean, Associate ProfessorDivision of Liberal Arts
Betsy Towns

Betsy Towns is an artist, designer, art historian and educator. A lifelong interdisciplinary educator, Towns has taught and administered programs for students from early childhood to graduate in a wide variety of traditional and experimental learning settings. As an artist, she creates works for galleries and has designed and built large-scale grant-funded interpretive public art installations in ceramic relief and directed design of immersive education experiences.

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 help them to think deeply, critically and creatively—expressing themselves in a diverse contemporary range of modes.

Betsy Towns
Awards, Recognitions and Honors
  • Morehead Scholar
  • UNCSA Excellence in Teaching Award
  • UNC Chapel Hill Undergraduate Teaching Award Recipient
  • 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
  • Southeastern College Art Association
  • National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts
  • College Art Association
  • Phi Beta Kappa


Ph.D. in Art HistoryUNC Chapel Hill

M.A. in Art HistoryUNC Chapel Hill

B.A. in English/Studio ArtUNC Chapel Hill