Art historian to lead art department
By: Frenche` Brewer, email@example.com, 803-777-3691
Peter Chametzky, a professor at Southern Illinois University, has been named art history professor and chair of the University of South Carolina art department.
Chametzky assumes the post January 2013.
“I’m extremely honored to have been chosen for this position. USC’s Department of Art boasts a faculty of accomplished professionals in a great variety of disciplines—fine art, media arts, art education and art history—a dedicated staff, and a wealth of talented, ambitious and hardworking students. Drawing on these strengths as well as those across the College of Arts and Sciences, the university, and the community, I believe this department is poised to achieve recognition as one of the nation’s premier schools of visual art,” Chametzky says.
A professor at Southern Illinois University from 1998-2012, Chametzky was director of the School of Art and Design at the Carbondale campus from 2008 -July 2012. In August he joined the USC art department, on a research leave.
Mary Anne Fitzpatrick, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences says, “We are delighted that we could bring to campus a leading arts administrator and historian who can help us craft an exciting future for one of our key College departments.”
Chametzky teaches 20th and 21st century art, theory and culture, and his research focuses on 20th-century German art and culture. He is the author of “Objects as History in Twentieth-Century German Art: Beckmann to Beuys.” As part of a new book project, Chametzky is currently studying contemporary German-Jewish artists.
Chametzky previously taught at Adelphi University, 1990-1998, the School of Visual Arts, New York, 1984-1988 and in the School of Continuing Education at New York University, 1986-1988.
Chametzky has a doctorate in art history from the City University of New York Graduate Center and a bachelor’s degree, also in art history, from Cornell University.