Professor of Art
B.F.A., St. Mary's College, IN; M.F.A, University of Notre Dame; North Carolina Art Certification (K-12); Graduate Certificate, Meredith College; Advanced Studies in Art Education, Youngstown State University
Silvana Foti is an accomplished artist, experienced professor, and collaborative gallery director with over 30 years of experience in printmaking, teaching, educational leadership, curriculum review and design, instructional strategy, consulting, program coordination, fundraising, and art gallery management.
As a practicing artist, Silvana is best known for her expertise in printmaking. In addition to participating in over 43 artist exhibitions, her former and current art gallery representation encompasses works on display in nine galleries throughout North Carolina, New York City, and Chicago. Her personal works are on display in 34 public collections and 45 private collections.
Silvana’s professional background includes 34 years teaching at the college level, 33 years serving as program coordinator for visual arts education, and 29 years serving as department chair for Methodist University’s Department of Art. She is currently a professor of art at Methodist University.
As an educator, Silvana is uniquely involved in the lives of her students, many of whom have become accomplished artists. Her commitment to education, however, extends far beyond the realm of higher education. Silvana has offered extensive service in the area of arts education to state and national organizations. She is skilled in educational leadership, curriculum review and design, and instructional strategy, and has as partnered with many organizations to review, design, and implement competency based art education programs that have earned state-wide recognition.
As executive director for the David McCune International Art Gallery, Silvana’s diverse gallery management experience includes the opening of the gallery on the Methodist University campus, the founding of the gallery’s advisory board, expertise in meeting the American Association of Museums (AAM) guidelines on exhibiting loaned objects, raising nearly $100,000 for shows and gallery initiatives, and the organization of nine unique art exhibitions since 2012.
From designing conferences and serving as a juror on numerous occasions to chairing committees and spearheading community workshops, Silvana is an enthusiastic promoter of the art community in Fayetteville, North Carolina, where she currently resides.