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Siu Challons-Lipton, D.Phil.

Chair, Art, Design & Music Department
Carolyn G. & Sam H. McMahon Professor of Art History
Art, Design & Music Department, College of Arts & Sciences


Dr. Siu Challons-Lipton is Executive Director of the Art, Design and Music Department. She is a
member of the board of collectors of the Mint Museum in Charlotte and is a grant reader for the
National Humanities Research Center. She authored The Scandinavian Pupils of the Atelier
Bonnat (2002), and co-edited Funding Challenges and Successes in Arts Education (2018). She
is currently working on a book on Black Mountain College of North Carolina and its
implications for 21st century education.

She published a chapter on “Transformative Learning through Creative Literacy,” in Pedagogies
for the Visual in Innovative Learning
(2019) and co-published the chapter “Critical Thinking,
Critical Looking: Key characteristics of an educated person” in Cases on Teaching Critical
Thinking through Visual Representation Strategies
(2014). Her most recent articles include:
“Developing the Cultural Image Literary Assessment-USA,” in the Journal of Visual
(2017); “Helping Students Transition to Critical and Creative Thinking at the
Intersection of Communication and Art,” in the International Journal of Humanities and Social
(2012); “Creativity and the Transformation of Higher Education: The need for a Black
Mountain College Approach,” in the Oxford Forum on Public Policy (2013); and “Visual
Literacy and the digital native: Another look,” in the Journal of Visual Literacy (2013).

She has lectured nationally and internationally at the Humanities Education and Research
Association, the National Communication Association Conference, the International Visual
Literacy Association, Revisiting Black Mountain College International Conference, the Oxford
Roundtable and the International Conference on the Arts in Society. Dr. Challons-Lipton spent
her childhood in Africa, Europe, Asia and the South Pacific, and continues to be passionate about
travel, culture, languages, and of course, art and education.


D.Phil., 19th Century Art, Oxford University, Oxford UK
M.A., B.A., Baroque Art, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
B.A., Art History, McGill University, Montreal, Canada


  • Rogers Summer Institute Research and Creative Work Grant to work with student, 2022
  • Distinguished Faculty Fellow, 2017
  • Noble Faculty Fellow, 2015
  • Faculty-Student Undergraduate Research Grant, Title III funds, 2017
  • Faculty Course-Based Undergraduate Research Grant, Title III funds, 2017
  • Faculty Course Embedded Undergraduate Research Grant, Title III funds, 2016