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Nathan J. Cox

Assistant Provost of Faculty Development and Core Curriculum, Director of the Center for Learning and Teaching Excellence; Professor of Art, Department of Art and Design
Academic Background
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Millikin University
Master of Fine Arts, Bradley University
Phone Number:
(864) 231-2047
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Nathan realized he wanted to teach college-level art courses when he was still an undergraduate student. He paid his way through college through financial aid and summer jobs. “I shingled houses, worked nights in a factory, taught at a summer camp, was a field hand at a produce company, and worked on a Christmas tree farm.”

During and after graduate school, he also taught in part-time and temporary positions while looking for a permanent job. “There are many, many career paths in the arts. Don’t be afraid to follow your heart.”

What classes do you teach at Anderson

Art 105/106 (Foundations 1/2)

What year did you start teaching at AU


Why teach at AU?

The faculty in the Department of Art and Design comprise an amazing creative team that is unlike any I have ever had the privilege to be a part of. Similarly, working with our students is also incredibly rewarding. They challenge and surprise me all the time, and their hard work is inspiring.


Backpacking, reading, chess, spending time with my kids in our treehouse, Legos (with and without my kids), science fiction, yoga, disc sports

Notable achievements outside of discipline

South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities Excellence in Teaching Award, 2007; lifetime Fellow of the Hambidge Center for the Arts and Sciences

People might be interested to know I...

Have exhibited my artwork in more than 80 juried or invitational solo or group exhibitions.

How would you describe your classes to someone who has never attended one?

The classes I teach in the Foundations program (first year art and design classes) are unique in many ways. They are team-taught, so students actually have several faculty members in one class, and we all have different areas of expertise.

Publications and Exhibitions

Cox, Nathan. 2013. Digitally assisted 1-point perspective drawings from observation. 72 Assignments: The Foundation Course in Art and Design Today (Chloé Briggs, et al., Ed.). Paris: PCA Press.

Cox, Nathan. ArtFields. (Juried exhibition.) Lake City, S.C.

Cox, Nathan. Mechanisms. (Solo exhibition.) University of Montevallo, Montevallo, Ala.

Cox, Nathan. Mechanisms: Recent Drawings. (Solo exhibition.) University of South Carolina Aiken, Aiken, S.C.

Cox, Nathan. Recent Ceramic Work. (Solo exhibition.) University of South Carolina Upstate, Spartanburg, S.C.

Cox, Nathan. River Run. (Curated invitational.) Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville S.C.