Join us for our annual fall Wine and Cheese Social

Thursday, September 18th
6:00-8:00 p.m. 
Foxdale Village Auditorium,  500 E. Marylyn Ave., State College 

Free parking is available in front of the building and in the parking garage


A social hour with wine, cheese and desserts will be held from 6-7 p.m.  
The evening's program, featuring guest speaker, Dr. Grace Hampton, will begin at  7 p.m. 

Please RSVP to Bob Lumley-Sapanski at or 814-355-4997

Dr. Grace Hampton

The Arts and Ghana: 
A Stepping Stone to Cultural Awareness and Understanding  
with Dr. Grace Hampton, Professor Emeritus, Art and Art Education and Integrative Arts, Penn State University
This audio-visual presentation will focus on the development, implementation and outcomes of a study tour to Ghana, West Africa in 2013 and 2014 designed by Dr. Grace Hampton and Nadhir Muntaka. 


Dr. Hampton received her undergraduate degree from the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, a Masters degree from Illinois State University and the Doctorate degree from Arizona State University.  

She has taught undergraduate and graduate art and art education courses at Northern Illinois University, California State University at Sacramento and The University of Oregon in Eugene, and The Pennsylvania State University.  She has served as Head of the Department of Art at Jackson State University in Mississippi, and as Assistant Director of the Expansion Arts Program at the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, D. C.  She has held the positions of Director of the School of Visual Arts in the College of Arts and Architecture, Vice Provost, and Executive Assistant to the Provost for the Development of the Arts and Head of African and African American Studies.  She was appointed to the university wide position of Senior Faculty Mentor in 2009 and 2014. As Senior Faculty Mentor she provided a variety of supportive services to tenure track faculty members belonging to underrepresented racial/ethnic groups to facilitate attainment of tenure and promotion throughout the Penn State University System. During this time she also served as Professor of Art within the department of integrative Arts and worked with both undergraduate and graduate students.

Professor Hampton has served on the board of the National Association of Schools of Arts and Design, and of the Getty Center for Education in the Arts and review panels for the National Endowment for the Arts and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.  She served as project director and co-author of the “Pennsylvania Arts Curriculum Projects” funded for $130,500 by the National Endowment for the Arts.

She was an exhibitor as well as a member of the American Delegation to the Second World Festival of Black and African Arts and Culture in Lagos, Nigeria and in numerous visual arts and jewelry exhibitions in the United States.  Citations and examples of her work can be found in publications such as, The Arts We See by Lanier and Developing Artistic and Perceptual Awareness by Lindeman and Herberholz.

She has presented papers and lectures at regional, national and international conferences. Her published work appears in Studies in Art Education, the Journal of Negro History, Dimensions and Directions: Black Artists of the South; published by the Mississippi Museum of Art, International Society for Education Through Art, The Penn State University Schreyer Institute. 

During 2002-03 she was a visiting professor at The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana. She is currently Head of African and African American Studies, The College of the Liberal Arts, at The Pennsylvania State University. In 2007, she was in residence as a Senior Fulbright Specialist at the Obafeme Owolowo University in Ile Ife and has made presentations at Illorin University, The Federal University of Technology at Akure and Gombe in Nigeria. She returned to Nigeria and Ghana to continue her research on the cultural linkages between West African and African Americans in 2009 and 2010. One of her most recent projects includes the design of a Penn State honors course “African and African American Arts".