In 2009, USC Upstate was granted membership to the National Association of Schools of Art and Design

Visual Arts Program

The University of South Carolina Upstate Visual Arts program will be recognized for its dedication to quality and integrity in educating students in the most currently established technical and theoretical areas of the visual arts. Dedicated to the mission of USC Upstate as a metropolitan university, the Visual Arts program will emphasize technology and its application toward visual literacy and communications in the arts by enabling students to embrace theoretical appreciation and applied skill, a broad range of ideas, expressions and interpretations for creative and critical thinking. Students will complete the USC Upstate Visual Arts program prepared to enter society as individuals ready to continue their education in graduate studies, apply their creative skills in careers, pursue life experiences and contribute to community and world involvement.  

NASAD Accreditation
In 2009 USC Upstate was granted membership to the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. NASAD is the national accrediting organization established to improve educational practices and maintain professional standards in art and design education.

NCATE Accreditation
In 2011 the USC Upstate Art Education Program was awarded accreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Visual Arts Faculty


Matthew Donaldson
Associate Professor of Graphic Design


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Derek Fenner
Instructor of Art Education



Bridget Kirkland
Associate Professor of Graphic Design


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Lex Lancaster
Gallery Director, Assistant Professor of Art History



Freda Sue
Assistant Professor of Art Foundations