USC Upstate News

Jimm Cox To Receive South Carolina Art Education Administrator of the Year Award

10- 02- 2009

Spartanburg, S.C. - University of South Carolina Upstate Professor Jimm Cox will receive the South Carolina Art Education Administrator of the Year Award in Myrtle Beach on October 30 when he attends the annual conference of The South Carolina Art Education Association (SCAEA). Cox, who has been employed with USC Upstate for 34 years, currently serves as the chair of the Department of Fine Arts and Communications Studies, director of theatre, and director of the London foreign study program.

Jimm CoxThe South Carolina Art Education Administrator of the Year Award is presented to an individual who meets the following criteria: demonstrates outstanding teaching and program development, promotes strong advocacy, and has a history of active participation in SCAEA at the local and state levels. The South Carolina Art Education Association was founded in 1924 and has more than 500 members who give of their time and energy to promoting quality arts education for all students.

Dr. Mary Lou Hightower, associate professor of art education and director of FOCUS Gallery at USC Upstate, nominated Cox for the award. “His passion for the arts is evident in everything he does whether it is administrative or teaching. Professor Cox lives and breathes the arts. He is the administrator that every art educator wishes for and more.”

Hightower said that during Cox’s three years as chair of the Department of Fine Arts and Communications Studies he has advocated for the new art education major, lobbyied for additional space and funding for the program, secured the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) accreditation necessary for the art education and graphic design majors, and attended all of the FOCUS Gallery openings where he spoke elegantly about the how the arts impact children's lives.

Jane Allen Nodine, professor of art and director of the Curtis R. Harley Art Gallery at USC Upstate, endorsed Cox for the South Carolina Art Education Administrator of the Year Award. “Professor Cox had been an arts educator, arts activist, arts performer, arts administrator, and the director of the USC Upstate Theatre for over 30 years. Spartanburg County and the state of South Carolina have significantly and continuously benefited from Professor Cox’s expertise in arts education, arts advocacy, grant writing, and program development. Under Professor Cox’s leadership, the fine and performing arts programs at the University of South Carolina Upstate have flourished. He has advocated for baccalaureate programs in art, theatre, and music, and he has worked tirelessly to establish student scholarships and travel abroad programs that offer invaluable academic and life opportunities to talented and deserving students.”

For more information, contact Jimm Cox, chair of the Department of Fine Arts and Communications Studies, at (864) 503-5697 or jcox@uscupstate.edu.