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Jeffrey A. Chapp, MFA

Jeffrey A. Chapp, MFA

Associate Professor, Visual and Performing Arts Department

Mr. Jeffrey A. Chapp is an Associate Professor of Studio Arts and Coordinator of The Lincoln University Collections of African Art and Material Culture in the Visual Arts Program. He began his career at Lincoln University in 1995 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Fine Arts. He received his terminal degree, a Master of Fine Arts (M. F. A.) in ceramics, from the University of Delaware in 1988 and a Master of Arts in ceramics from Purdue University in 1983. In 1980, he received his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Arts from Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. Mr. Chapp received tenure and promotion to Associate Professor in the 2000-2001 academic year, and served as Chair of the Department of Fine Arts from 2000-2002. From 2003 to 2008 he served as Visual Arts Coordinator in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts.

In 2006 he was appointed to serve as the Coordinator Consultant for Lincoln’s African art collections. In this role he has worked with outside consultants to organize, inventory, appraise, and provide proper stewardship for the collection of 3000+ works of African art and material culture. In 2010 he organized and installed in the atrium gallery of the International Cultural Center (ICC) the exhibition Religious Art of Ethiopia: Art and Artifacts of the Ethiopian Tewahedo Orthodox Church. This exhibition features works from two important donors to the collection, Mr. Franklin Williams, (L.U. ’41) and Mr. Robert Freeman, Jr. (L.U.’41). In 2010 Professor Chapp also worked with Lincoln’s Office of Development to augment Lincoln’s art collection, and was instrumental in securing a gift of African ceramics and other important artifacts from the David and Karina Rilling Collection, and in 2012, the donation of sixty-three significant African artworks from Mrs. Corine Thompson in memory of her late husband, Dr. Eugene Thompson.

Professor Chapp's primary artistic medium is low-fire clay from which he creates ceramic objects that are intimate in scale, but contain big messages commenting on American culture, politics, and global events. These works provide a personal and progressive testimony to what he observes in the world. Since 1980 his works have been curated into over 90 exhibitions, including many peer reviewed national and invitational shows; presented in 19 catalogues; and have received eleven awards. His works, Fruits of Our Labor (1988), is featured on the cover of Leon Nigrosh’s Sculpting Clay and Begging Bowl (1983) is included in Donald Frith’s book, Mold Making for Ceramics. In 2004 Chapp was chosen to design and sculpt the 2004 Governor’s Awards for the Arts, an award given every two years to persons and institutions in Delaware who have made significant contributions to the arts. His work, Golden Rule, was chosen for the highly selective NCECA 2005 Clay National Exhibition and was exhibited during the 2005 NCECA national conference in Baltimore, Maryland. In November of 2011 Chapp presented an artist’s talk in the Ware Center Theater titled: “Form, Image and Content: Sources of Inspiration” that offered an overview of his development as a ceramic artist/object maker and discussed aesthetic concerns and sources of inspiration for his works. This talk was augmented with a mini-retrospective of works related to his lecture displayed in the Ware Center.