The Office of the Dean
A message of welcome from Dr. Kymberly Pinder, Dean of the College of Fine Arts, detailing the goals and strategies of the CFA and its role as the state's premiere art college.
A Message From the Dean
As the new Dean of the College of Fine Arts, I take the helm at a moment of transition and new horizons. The tenacious faculty and staff have weathered an economic downturn and changing leadership in the last few years. Our newly appointed president, Dr. Robert Frank joins me in efforts to reshape and invigorate the University. I am eager to make more people aware of what extraordinary faculty, staff and students we have at the CFA. Creativity and critical thinking get jobs and make jobs. The arts are an essential part of this state’s identity and its economy. My vision for the CFA is to make outreach into multiple and diverse communities a prominent aspect of the College’s profile. I am also fully committed to the many interdisciplinary initiatives and collaborations across departments, across the campus – and across the world that equip the young artists emerging from our programs with the flexible skills to succeed. My workday often opens and closes with students playing instruments in the Center for the Fine Arts lobby. Attending informative lectures by artists in the University museum and performances by our students and faculty is an essential and enjoyable part of my job. Engaging with the makers and shakers at my College enables me to better represent them to everyone else.
Kymberly Pinder, Dean of the College of Fine Arts
In 2012, Kymberly Pinder moved to the University of New Mexico to become the Dean of the College of Fine Arts. She left the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she had been a professor of art history since 1996 and served as department chair and graduate program head. Before and during her teaching career she worked in the education and curatorial departments in museums and galleries, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Cloisters in New York and The Art Institute of Chicago. Dean Pinder graduated with a B.A. from Middlebury College and M.Phil, M.A. and Ph.D from Yale University, all in Art History. She writes, lectures and teaches in the U.S, and abroad on representations of race and religion in American Art including in the work of Romare Bearden, Dox Thrash and Kara Walker. She has received awards and fellowships from the National Endowment of the Humanities, the Mellon, Ford and Henry Luce Foundations, among others. At the School of the Art Institute of Chicago she received recognition for promoting diversity and fostering public engagement. Dean Pinder edited Race-ing Art History: Critical Readings in Race and Art History and her scholarship has appeared in The Art Bulletin, The Art Journal, Third Text, and The African American Review among other periodicals. Her latest book is Black Public Art and Religion in Chicago which is forthcoming from the University of Illinois Press.
CFA Administrative Staff
Associate Dean of Student Affairs
Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs
Mary Anne Newhall
Associate Dean of Research & Technology