|Interim Department Head and Professor of Art (Ceramics)
Education: B.A., Nicholls State University; M.F.A., Louisiana State University
Jean Donegan has spent the last three decades making her mark on Nicholls and the field of art education.
As a student, Donegan was one of the first two women to wear blue jeans to the campus. In 1995, she joined the Nicholls faculty after teaching art for 17 years at Vandebilt Catholic High School.
Perhaps Donegan’s greatest accomplishment has been having her artwork, “Portrait of the Artist as Mom …,” accepted into the permanent collection of the Smithsonian American Museum’s Renwick Gallery of Contemporary Art.
However, Donegan’s also proud of the students she has worked with, many of whom have received fellowships and assistantships to graduate schools, such as the Chicago Art Institute, Clemson, University of Houston, NYU and Florida State University.
Donegan exhibits her ceramic sculptures in galleries and museums throughout the United States and has been featured in national magazines such as Ceramics Monthly, Studio Potter and Arts and Activities. Her work also appeares in the books, “The New Ceramic Art” published by North Light and “500 Cups” published by Lark Press.
Donegan has been recognized with the Presidential Award for Teaching Excellence and also coordinates the Division of Art’s Study Abroad Program.
Donegan is creator of the “Artworks” Web site, which is designed as a resource for Louisiana art educators and their students, as well as a showcase of Louisiana elementary and secondary art work.