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Siulolovao Challons-Lipton , D. Phil.

  • Associate Professor , Art Department
  • Chair, Art Department
  • College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Siu Challons-Lipton received her doctorate of philosophy degree in 19th Century Art from the University of Oxford, England, and her bachelor's and master's of art degrees in Baroque Art from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She also trained at Sotheby's, London, in 19th- and 20th-century Decorative Arts.  She has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Mint Museums since 2008 and is on the Education Committee of the Board of Trustees at the Mint.

Dr. Challons-Lipton's field of expertise lies in 19th- and 20th-century art and criticism.  Her research interests include: 19th-Century Academic and Realist Art, Internationalism in late 19th Century Paris, Scandinavian Art of the 19th- and 20th-Centuries, Black Mountain College of North Carolina, and most recently, pedagogy, including Critical and Creative Thinking and Visual Literacy.  She published a book in 2002 on The Scandinavian Pupils of the Atelier Bonnat, 1867-1894.  Her most recent article on Helping Students Transition to Critical and Creative Thinking at the Intersection of Communication and Art was published in the International Journal of Humanities and Social Science in June 2012.  She has also lectured nationally and internationally, including: Creativity and Education: The Need for a Black Mountain College Approach at the Oxford Round Table Conference on Higher Education in March 2013, Visual literacy- Reorienting the Conceptual Map, to the 44th annual Conference of the International Visual Literacy Association in October 2012, Fully Awake? Fully Connected? The need for a Black Mountain Education, at the 4th Black Mountain College International Conference in September 2012, and Black Mountain: An Oxford Education? to the Oxford Roundtable, University of Oxford, in July 2011.

Dr. Challons-Lipton also teaches the Global Citizenship section in the CORE Program.  Her class has been skyping with the University of Dar es Salam, Tanzania, an innovative approach to teaching she presented in February 2012 at the Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching titled From Charlotte to Tanzania:  Using the Internet to Connect Students Across Cultures.  Having grown up around the world, spending her childhood in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Pacific, she has a particular interest in this class.  It's not surprising that one of her greatest passions is to travel, and to learn about new cultures, languages and, of course, artistic expressions.


  • B.A., M.A., D.Phil.  - Art History; CAS
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