Carol “Annie” Hamilton has been the Vice Principal of Academic and Technical Studies at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts (EMCVPA) since 2007, a role she easily shouldered having been a Faculty member in the School of Visual Arts since 1979.
Artist, educator and administrator, Hamilton has led the dramatic revitalisation of academic programmes at the College as it has moved from a diploma granting to a degree granting institution. Commencing with the development of the School of Visual Arts (SVA) degree programmes, in collaboration with the then School Director, Hope Brooks, Hamilton has given leadership to the development and implementation of all currently offered visual and performing arts degree programmes, including the Master of Arts in Art Education in collaboration with the Ohio State University. Hamilton has also led the successful negotiation and development of partnerships/MoUs with San Francisco State University, Ohio State University and Temple University in the USA and Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College, locally. Most recently, Hamilton has initiated “Celebrating Research in the Arts” Day and the International Rex Nettleford Arts Conference, as the College enhances its development to include arts research and scholarship.
A Textiles graduate of the College (then Jamaica School of Art), Hamilton has also led and collaborated on several local and regional development projects for the Arts and Craft in education and society. These projects include being adjudicator for the Jamaica Festival Commission, providing technical assistance to Anguilla and St. Kitts and Nevis for craft product development (project funded by the Caribbean Development Bank) and serving as Assistant Chief Examiner for the Caribbean Examination Council CSEC Visual Arts for nearly a decade.
Hamilton has been the recipient of several fellowships including two (2) Organization of the American States (OAS) fellowships to Colombia and Mexico (1978 and 1982 respectively); the Jamaica Western New York Partners of the Americas fellowship to Buffalo State College, New York, USA (1985); the British Council Scholarship to Goldsmiths’ College, London, UK (1991) from which she holds a Master of Arts in Textiles; the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) fellowship to New Delhi, India (1994); and the Government of India/ITEC fellowship in Coimbatore, South India (1997).
As an artist, Hamilton has exhibited locally and internationally since 1974 in places such as New York, Canada, Miami, Trinidad, London and Jamaica and has had one solo exhibition titled “Memory Against Forgetting” at the Mutual Life Gallery, Kingston in 1994.
- Chair, Examinations Assessment and Curriculum Committee
- Education Board of Studies
- Principal College Contact for the University Council of Jamaica
- School of Visual Arts
- School of Music
- School of Drama
- School of Dance
- School of Arts Management and Humanities