HPU Welcomes New Faculty to School of Art and Design

HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 15, 2018 – High Point University welcomes three new faculty members to the School of Art and Design.


Dr. Emily Gerhold, Assistant Professor of Art History

Gerhold teaches art history classes and is the director of the Sechrest Gallery of Art. Her doctoral research focused on 18th and 19th century American art. She is currently working on another project about the national project in the mid-19th century to establish a portrait gallery of Revolutionary-era luminaries.

Before Gerhold came to HPU, she was an assistant professor of art history at Henderson State University in central Arkansas. She wanted to be closer to her family that resides on the East Coast. She completed her doctoral work at Virginia Commonwealth University and earned her Ph.D. in 2012. She completed her undergraduate studies in studio art and women’s studies from the College of William and Mary.



Carrie Dyer, Associate Professor of Graphic Design

Dyer will be teaching graphic design and art classes. Her responsibilities will include teaching, research, service and helping to build a new Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. She is a multimedia designer, illustrator and artist whose work crosses the boundaries between traditional design and fine art practice. Her research includes illustration in contemporary design, the Designer as Author, which is the philosophy of design, creative work that considers social responsibility, sustainability, and experimental methods including analogue graphic design processes.

Dyer believes design can change the world and make lives better. She believes social responsibility and sustainability are essential. As an area that touches every field, Dyer believes graphic designers have to be well balanced and interdisciplinary. She hopes to encourage students to embrace her passion and excitement for the field through thoughtful planning and experiential curriculum.

Dyer has been teaching in higher education since 2006. She was selected to head three contemporary graphic design programs at the University of Central Arkansas, Kentucky College of Art and Design at Spalding University, and Augusta University. In 2002, she founded Cloudwhale, a creative design studio with accounts across the country. She is also the co-founder and creative director for The FL3TCH3R Exhibit, an annual international juried exhibition based around socially and politically engaged art.

She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) from East Tennessee State University and a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Emily Reynolds, Visiting Assistant Professor of Interior Design

Reynolds will be teaching both interior design and visual merchandising courses, including sustainable hotel design, lighting and history of interiors and architecture. Her areas of expertise include sustainable buildings, hospitality design and lighting.

Reynolds has more than nine years of interior design teaching experience in North and South Carolina. She has taught courses at Winthrop University, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham, Randolph Community College, and Salem College before coming to HPU. She has worked in various design industries that include showroom design, residential, commercial, kitchen and bathroom renovations, space planning, event design, and furniture sales.

Reynolds has a bachelor’s degree from Winthrop University and a master’s degree from University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In 2008, she earned her LEED Accreditation and has since added the specialty of Building Design and Construction (BD+C) to that credential. In 2012, she completed her National Council for Interior Design Qualification.

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