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Sandra E. Murchison

School Director

of the

School of Art & Design


Eastern Michigan University 


Professor of Studio Art

Professor Sandra Murchison is currently the Director of the School of Art & Design at Eastern Michigan University.  Prior to EMU, she taught at Millsaps College, serving as the Chair of the Art Department and she founded a non-profit art center off campus in Jackson, Mississippi.  An active member of SGC International, she served first as Archivist and then as Vice President for Internal Affairs of the organization.  Apart from her duties as School Director, she is also the Director of the Parsons Center for Arts & Sciences, an offsite campus in northern Michigan. 


Murchison aims to do meaningful work through artistic means, careful stewardship in administrative responsibilities and service in the community.    Her mixed media prints and paintings have shown internationally, and she has been an invited visiting artist at institutions across this country.  In addition, she has taught at such places as the Center for Contemporary Printmaking and Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts.  Sandra Murchison received the Millsaps College Distinguished Professor Award in 2013, and was a finalist for the Joan Mitchell Foundation grant for painters.  Her work as an administrator has garnished multiple grants from the Windgate Foundation and the Horn Foundation.  Murchison's current community volunteer work includes serving as the Chair - Elect of the Riverside Arts Center in Ypsilanti, Michigan.  Additionally, she is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Council for Arts Administrators.  She received an MFA from Louisiana State University and a BFA from Alfred University, with teaching certification.  

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