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ULM VAPA director named Artist of the Year

Published February 04, 2015

Dr. Derle R. Long, director of the University of Louisiana at Monroe School of Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA), was named the Edmund Williamson Artist of the Year at the 30th Annual Northeast Louisiana Arts Council Artworks 2015 Awards ceremony.

The event was held at the Vantage Tower Ballroom in downtown Monroe.

Named for the artist credited with bringing art to the masses through his art in public spaces, the Edmund Williamson Award was established in 1993 to acknowledge the invaluable contributions of individual artists to the quality of life in northeast Louisiana.


Long was nominated by the Monroe Symphony Orchestra. An independent panel of judges evaluated each nomination and determined the winner. Long received a hand-made, stained glass art piece in recognition of the award.


“I want to thank the Monroe Symphony Orchestra for the nomination, Northeast Louisiana Arts Council for the award, all of my incredible former and current students, and my VAPA faculty colleagues who make me look so good every day with their unbelievable talents, teaching, and creativity,” said Long.

Nominees are professional artists who have shown excellence in their discipline and have enriched the arts community in Cultural Region 8 through their art form.

“We are so proud and happy that Dr. Long has received such a prestigious award,” said Dr. Sandra Lemoine, dean of the College of Arts, Education, and Sciences. “Dr. Long actively and enthusiastically supports the arts on our campus and in the community.”

Long has worked at ULM since 2000. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Southern Mississippi.



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