After a nationwide search, the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia has hired Shawnya L. Harris as its first Larry D. and Brenda A. Thompson Curator of African American and African Diasporic Art, effective August 18. The position is both an endowed chair and an endowed professorship. Harris comes to the university from Elizabeth City State University, Elizabeth City, North Carolina, where she taught courses in African American art, 20th-century art and art appreciation, as well as survey courses on the history of Western art. She holds both master’s and doctoral degrees in art history from the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill, and she received her bachelor’s degree in African American Studies from Yale University. In addition to teaching at UNC Chapel Hill and Middle Tennessee State University, Harris has a wealth of museum experience. She served as director of the University Galleries at N

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