Siu Challons-Lipton, D.Phil.

Siu Challons-Lipton

Professor, Art, Design & Music Department

Carolyn G. and Sam H. McMahon Professor of Art History


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 published a chapter on “Transformative Learning through Creative Literacy,” in Pedagogies for the Visual in Innovative Learning (2018) 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 Literacy (2017); “Helping Students Transition to Critical and Creative Thinking at the Intersection of Communication and Art,” in the International Journal of Humanities and Social Science (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


  • Noble Faculty Fellow 2015
  • Distinguished Faculty Fellow 2017
  • Faculty Course Embedded Undergraduate Research Grant 2016, Title III funds
  • Summer 2017 Faculty-Student Undergraduate Research Grant, Title III funds
  • Faculty Course-Based Undergraduate Research Grant 2017, Title III funds

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