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TCC NAMES NEW DIRECTOR OF THE VISUAL ARTS CENTER
Christina Rupsch selected for artistic and administrative abilities
HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – (Aug. 19, 2009) – Christina Rupsch has been named director of Tidewater Community College’s Visual Arts Center. Selected after a nationwide search, artist and educator Rupsch brings more than nine years of administrative leadership to the position.
Most recently she served as chair of the Department of Visual Arts at Chowan University in North Carolina. While there, she directed the university’s art gallery and the artist-in-residence program. Rupsch has also served on the faculty of Old Dominion University, Norfolk State University, Paul D. Camp Community College, the Governor’s School for the Arts, and Duquesne University in Pennsylvania.
An avid printmaker and mixed-media artist, Rupsch participates in a variety of art shows in the region and has served as artist in residence at the D’Art Center in Norfolk.
Rupsch holds a master’s degree in fine arts in painting and drawing from Southern Illinois University, and a bachelor of science in art from the University of Wisconsin. She also holds master’s in education with an emphasis on special education from the University of Illinois.
TCC’s Visual Arts Center, located at 340 High Street, Olde Town Portsmouth, offers degree programs in Graphic Design and Studio Arts, including multimedia, hot glass, pottery, electronic photography, painting and drawing. The VAC galleries, open daily with diverse exhibitions, house the Anne S. Iott Permanent Art Collection of Tidewater Community College and the Hisayuki Yamaie Collection of original silkscreen prints.
Tidewater Community College - the largest provider of higher education and Workforce Solutions services in Hampton Roads - enrolls over 40,000 students annually and has the second largest undergraduate student body in Virginia. The 15th highest associate-degree producer in the nation and the 35th largest community college, TCC is among the 20 fastest-growing large two-year institutions in the United States. Founded in 1968 as a part of the Virginia Community College System, the college serves the South Hampton Roads region with campuses in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach as well as the TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center in Norfolk’s theater district, the Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth , the Regional Automotive Center in Chesapeake and the Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach. Forty-six percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information, visit www.tcc.edu.