Departments of Dance, Arts and Design assign chairs for the new year

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The BYU Department of Design and the Department of Art renewed their department chairs for another term. Gary Barton continues on as the Department of Art chair and Eric Gillett remains as the Department of Design chair. Curt Holman, recently selected as the new Department of Dance chair, replaces Marilyn Berrett, effective July 1, 2017.

Gillett, appointed as chair of Department of Design in 2015 when the Department of Visual Arts split to become the Department of Art and the Department of Design, graduated from BYU in 1991 with a bachelor’s degree in graphic design. He then went on to complete an MFA in design from the University of Utah. Gillett is a professor of graphic design.

Gillett’s work is regularly featured in national and international design publications including Communication ArtsPrintHowEyeCreative QuarterlyGraphisNY Art Director’s Club and The One Show. His commissioned work as a designer, art director and creative director has included commissions for many Fortune 500 companies. His research focus relates to design systems, branding and typography.

Barton became the chair of BYU’s Art Department in 2015 following the division of the Department of Visual Arts. Barton graduated from BYU in 1989 with a bachelor’s in printmaking and received his master’s degree from Ohio State University. Barton works primarily in two-dimensional media including painting, printmaking and mixed media.

While at BYU, Barton has served as the 2-D studio area coordinator, associate chair of the Department of Visual Arts and has been the director or associate director of several study abroad programs. He has also served on the Gordon B. Hinckley Presidential Scholarship Committee, the London Center Study Abroad Committee and the University Rank and Status Council.

Holman graduated from BYU in 1989 with a bachelor’s degree in communications and again in 1996 with a master’s degree in dance. Holman and his wife are former professional ballroom dance competitors, U.S. National Cabaret finalists and invited competitors at the British Championships in Blackpool, England and the World Championships in the Netherlands.

In his 25 years at BYU Holman has served on numerous department, college and university committees, including Ballroom Area administrator, associate department chair and Ballroom Dance Company artistic director.

Writer: Bailey Fruit

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