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names five (three newcomers and two current TCU deans) of the seven who
will lead its new colleges
College of Fine Arts
Born May 22, 1947, in Rochester, N.Y.; Sullivan in his spare time
is a golfer, gardener and jogger. He's also an architecture enthusiast
(able to casually cite the architects of various TCU buildings!)
BA, John Carroll, 1969
MA, Case Western Reserve, 1972 PhD, Case Western Reserve, 1978 Management
Development Program, Harvard, 1996
As the dean of the College of Fine and Professional Arts at Kent
State University, Sullivan in four years opened a downtown Kent
Art Gallery, established the Urban Design Center in Cleveland and
saw contributions to the College double annually, from $630,000
to $2.4 million.
new Fine Arts Dean Scott Sullivan, you must first understand Dutch gamepiecesŃstill-life
paintings of animals killed during the hunt.
Holland, the seemingly odd paintings were widely collected by the middle
The affable 53-year-old Sullivan knows. The art historian's dissertation
and later book delve into the subject, and he continues to consult on
the paintings today.
of that day began as flowers or kitchen utensils, he said, but soon artists
were also painting hunting trophies -- deer, rabbits, swans and hunting
gear. This was strange because by law only the nobility could hunt, and
the wars for independence had decimated most of the upper class. The middle
class, however, thrived.
increasingly wealthy and bought townhouses and country houses and began
to imitate the aristocracy," Sullivan said. "They began to buy these hunting
pictures even though they couldn't hunt. It was like buying a Lexus, a
sign that they had made it in society. Suddenly, there was great demand
for these, and they became very elegant pictures as the century wore on."
It is the
paintings' deeper meaning that animates Sullivan in conversation. It's
also why he's spent a lifetime promoting the point behind all of the fine
communicates the culture, the entire history of the people who produced
it," he said. "Even the art that is produced today, though it
may not be readily apparent, is transmitting the values of our culture.
do you do for fun? It's almost always about the arts. You go to a movie.
You listen to a CD. You watch a play. It is the arts that renew our spirits
and speak to us intrinsically in a way that you can't express in words."
found his art history love during his junior year in college that he spent
in Rome. There, he saw first-hand some of the world's greatest art and
later, Sullivan sees his new post, though smaller than his Kent State
job, as perhaps more exciting. One of his first initiatives? To bring
a premier visiting artist and lecture series to campus.
you had a college that was divided so that each will now have its own
focus. You have a chancellor who talks about the fine arts as one of the
University's centers of excellence.
of having the close relationship between the city and the school, like
that which exists in Fort Worth, is a tremendous asset and creates opportunities
for the school and the city.
to any fine arts dean, no matter where you're coming from."