Anne Bessac

  • A.B., art education, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1972
  • M.F.A., University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 1983
  • Post-graduate work, printmaking, University of Georgia at Athens, 1996-2001

"The dedication of Ben Berns, Bert Carpenter and Andrew Martin to excellence in the arts."

Anne Bessac | Foundation studies professor

Awards, recognition and honors

Presidential Fellowship, 2011; Who's Who in America's Teachers, 2004, 2005; Gainesville College Foundation Travel Grant, Italy; Fulbright-Hayes Group Travel Grant, India; Howard Art Scholarship for Artistic Excellence, University of North Carolina at Greensboro; Chancellor Purchase Award, Weatherspoon Gallery, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Previous Positions

Anne Bessac was the first gallery director for the R.C. Moore Gallery at Gainesville College in Georgia. A few of the many exhibitions she curated include: "African Hand: African Art Collection of Bert and Edith Carpenter," "Surfaces and Connections: American Crafts in the South," "The Collaborative Art: Costume, Stage Set, and Lighting Design," "Henry Casselli's Watercolors & Drawings" and "Mattie Lou O'Kelley, A Northeast Georgia Folk Artist." From 1998-2005, Bessac was head of the Gainesville College art department. She has shown her large charcoal drawings regionally and internationally. She has performed extensive post-graduate studies in printmaking, including Crown Point Press in San Francisco. In the summer of 2011, she completed a six-week artist in residency at Hospitalfield, Arbroath, Angus, Scotland.

Publications and presentations

  • CAA panel chair, "Nexus Press: A Reflection of the Triumphs of and Challenges to the Book Art"
  • Visiting artist lecture, State University of West Georgia, Carrollton, Georgia
  • Visiting artist lecture, University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Indiana SECAC/MACAA panel chair, "Old Roots of the New South"