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Carolyn Henne

Published August 10, 2015

Carolyn Henne

Photo by Melissa Artieda

CFA Associate Dean
Chair, Department of Art
College of Fine Arts, Facility for Arts Research (FAR)
Curriculum Vitae (CV)


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Carolyn Henne is a sculptor, the Chair of FSU’s Department of Art.  As the Chair, she oversees an exciting studio art department where the focus is on producing technologically savvy artists and designers who are conscientious actors with good hands.  Students graduate with analytical and critical skills, hand and web skills, design and collaborative skills and a real conviction and belief in what they do and have to offer. She also serves as Director of the Facility for Arts Research (FAR) and Associate Dean for the College of Fine Arts.   FAR supports rigorous investigation and inquiry across artistic media and disciplines with a focus on technological innovation.

Henne’s sculpture is largely informed by anatomical studies. Her work ranges from large, complex interactive installations to more straightforward, discrete objects.  “Suspended Self Portrait”, is in the permanent collection at the National Museum of Health and Medicine and was featured in the NIH’s exhibition, Dream Anatomy.

Henne was part of a team of arts, engineering, and business students and faculty working with VCU surgeons to develop a prototype for a life-like surgical trainer. Subsequently, she collaborated with surgeons to develop prototypes now being replicated and employed to train surgical students and shared at workshops internationally.  She has a Courtesy Faculty Appointment with FSU’s College of Medicine.

Areas of Responsibility

Associate Dean, College of Fine Arts
Chair, Department of Art
Director, Public Art and Architectural Art Program
Interim Director, Facility for Arts Research
Courtesy Faculty, College of Medicine


1990 M.F.A. Sculpture, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia
1985 Study Abroad, Lacoste School of the Arts, Lacoste, France
1983 B.A. Fine Arts/Economics, The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia

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Select Scholarly/Creative Works & Awards

  • 2014, Curator, Making Now: Open for Exchange
  • Suspended Self Portrait in the National Museum of Health and Medicine
  • 2006, Anatomy Lessons and Ugly Facts, Carole Garmon and Carolyn Henne, KunstOffice Gallery, Berlin, Germany
  • 2005, Ugly Facts, Hunt Gallery, Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, Virginia
  • 2004, New Works, ADA Gallery, Richmond, Virginia
  • 2004, Rahal, VCU School of the Arts – Qatar, Doha, Qatar
  • 2002, There’s Here, site specific installation, Artspace, Richmond, Virginia
  • 2000, I Could’ve Gone Dancing After Dinner, Project Room, Bronx River Art Center, Bronx, New York
  • 2013 Arts & Humanities Program Enhancement Award, FSU Council on Research and Creativitiy (CRC), $16,000.
  • 2008 Award of Fellow, International Council of Fine Arts Deans (ICFAD), Leadership Institute 2008, Rising Leadership.
  • 2004 Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute, Virginia Commonwealth University, University Leadership Program.
  • 2003 Award of Sculpture Fellow, Virginia Commission for the Arts (VCA), Richmond, Virginia.
  • 2003 Artist Residency, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA), Mt. San Angelo, Virginia.

Watch “There’s Here” video