Carmon Colangelo joined the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts as its first dean in July 2006, and was installed as the Ralph J. Nagel Dean in November 2016. As dean, Colangelo oversees the School's four academic units—the College of Art, College of Architecture, Graduate School of Art, and Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design—as well as the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, home to one of the nation's finest university collections of modern art. Colangelo also serves as a member of the University Council and as the E. Desmond Lee Professor for Collaboration in the Arts. A widely exhibited artist known for large mixed-media prints that combine digital and traditional processes, Colangelo's work has been featured in more than 20 solo shows and dozens of group exhibitions in Argentina, Canada, England, Italy, Korea, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and across the United States. His work has been collected by many of the nation's leading museums, including the National Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C., the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, and the Saint Louis Art Museum.
From 1984 to 1996, Colangelo headed the Printmaking Department at West Virginia University and was named chair of the Division of Art in 1993. In 1997, he became director of the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia (Athens). Born in Toronto, Colangelo earned a BFA in Printmaking and Painting from the University of Windsor in Ontario in 1981 and an MFA in Printmaking from Louisiana State University in 1983.
Four renowned illustrators have donated artworks to the D.B. Dowd Modern Graphic History Library, part of Washington University Libraries’ Special Collections, in honor of celebrated alumnus and illustrator Jack Unruh, who died last year.