Will Taylor

Assistant Dean, Director of Visual ArtsSchool of Design & Production

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Will Taylor

Will Taylor is a professor of drawing and assistant dean of Design & Production for Visual Arts. He has been a full-time faculty member since 2005, and has directed the Visual Arts Program since 2011. Taylor is a recipient of a UNCSA Excellence in Teaching Award, a Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts' BREATHE Project Development Grant, and a Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts' Faculty Leadership Grant. His scholarly work has included travel to Prague and London for artistic dialogues with Jan Svankmajer and the Brothers Quay, as well as photographic collaborations of the Deep South with Dr. Allison Gilbert (Associate Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Faculty affiliate, Wilson Center for Science and Justice) at Duke University.  Taylor is a formally trained painter and avid printmaker.

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Will Taylor

Credentials

  • UNC- Chapel Hill visiting scholar- Department of Art (Printmaking)
  • Printmaking residencies at Penland School of Crafts
  • Paneled discussions for the Cultural Studies Association, the College Art Association, and the American Society of Media Photographers
  • Former faculty member of various and diverse academic institutions (Elon University, SUNY Westchester, Norwalk Community College, Wake Technical Community College)

Career Highlights

  • Select solo and two person exhibitions include “this broken room” (Elon University), “Taylor + Fowler” (Inter_Section Gallery), “when your disaster falls” (Greensboro College), and “Old Ghosts and Empty Archetypes (Spectre Arts)
  • Select group exhibitions include “Drawing No Conclusions: A Survey of Contemporary Drawing” (Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts-Grand Rapids, Michigan), the Trisha Brown Dance Company Benefit (Pace Wildenstein Gallery-New York), and “Combustive Arts at Brooklyn Fireproof” (Brooklyn Fireproof-Brooklyn, NY)

Awards, Recognitions & Honors

  • UNCSA Excellence in Teaching Award
  • Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts' BREATHE Project Development Grant
  • Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts' Faculty Leadership Grant
  • Numerous UNCSA Faculty Development Grants (2022, 2018, 2016, 2014, 2009, 2007)
  • Scholastic Art Awards Recognized Faculty Member
  • Young Arts Awards Recognized Faculty Member

Organizations

  • College Art Association
  • Southern Graphics Council International

Education

M.F.A. (Emphasis in Painting and Drawing)Pratt Institute

B.F.A. Studio ArtUNC Chapel Hill