Born in Washington, DC,  Professor Sonya Clark has been Chair of the department since her arrival in 2006. Formerly, a Baldwin-Bascom Professor of Creative Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Clark holds an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art, a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a BA from Amherst College. Her informal education comes from her Jamaican grandmother who was a professional tailor and the many traditional artists she has met in her international travels. Her work has been exhibited in over 250 museums and galleries throughout the Americas, Africa, Europe, Asia, and Australia. She is the recipient of a United States Artists Fellowship, Pollock – Krasner fellowship, Virginia Commission for the Arts Fellowship, Rockefeller Foundation Residency in Italy, a Red Gate Residency in China, Art Matters Grant, Red Gate Residency in China, a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Award, and a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship. She currently sits on the American Craft Council Board.