The VCUarts community is saddened by the passing of Melanie Buffington, Ph.D. On Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, we learned that our beloved colleague lost her battle with brain cancer. She was at home surrounded by family.
Dr. Buffington served as a graduate director for Art Education for almost a decade. She was passionate about the programs and had a significant role in developing curriculum, recruiting and mentoring students and junior faculty. Dr. Buffington was always curious and learning, asking questions, incorporating new course material, and reflecting on her teaching and best practices in her field. An educator to her core, Dr. Buffington also spent many summers teaching art to students of all ages at our VCUarts Qatar campus, and offering professional development sessions to Qatari art teachers.