Michael T. Schmidt, MFA Portrait

Michael T. Schmidt, MFA

Interim Dean, CoA & Professor of Art | Ceramics

  • Accelerated Leadership Academy (ALA) | Scholar
    University System of Georgia
  • Executive Leadership Institute (ELI) | Scholar
    University System of Georgia
  • Master of Fine Arts
    Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts
    University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Michael serves as the Interim Dean of the College of the Arts at Valdosta State University. He served six years as Associate Dean (2016-2022) and four years as the Head of the Department of Art & Design (2013-2016 & 2021-2022). Michael has taught ceramics and foundations courses at VSU for over 20 years. His creative works have been featured in more than 200 regional, national, and international juried and invitational exhibitions across the United States and internationally; including China, Korea, Poland, and Germany.

Michael received his BFA from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater in 1998, studying graphic design, art history, ceramics, and painting. He received his MFA from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 2001 in ceramics and sculpture. Much of his creative work involves themes of use, function, industry, and a sense of history.