Cason McDermott Art Gallery
Dedicated February 9, 2021
During her short life, Cason Leigh McDermott (1995-2019) had a momentous impact on those around her. Cason’s laugh was contagious, her smile lit up the room, and her devotion to creativity was inspiring. It is doubtful she realized just how many lives she touched. Cason loved others deeply and without judgement or reservation. Her presence at AUM not only had a positive and lasting influence on the lives of her peers, but she left an impression on the faculty within the Department of Fine Arts that is sure never to fade.
Cason was pursuing her dream of being an artist and wanted to teach at the collegiate level. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts from AUM in 2018, and, after tireless effort and the creation of a strong portfolio, she was admitted into and awarded a full scholarship for the Master of Fine Arts program within the School of Art at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Cason wanted to one day return to AUM to teach and give back to the University and its student body. Through the generosity of her parents, Mickey and Mona McDermott, the gallery has been named in Cason’s honor and has been updated to provide students, faculty, and visiting artists the opportunity to display work in a professional exhibition environment.
About the AUM Department of Fine Arts
The Auburn University at Montgomery Department of Fine Arts is home to ten full-time faculty and lecturers. They hold terminal degrees in their field (MFAs and PhDs) and their collective knowledge spans graphic design, analog and digital photography, 3-D printing, sculpture, performance art, musicology, percussion performance, painting, art history, and drawing.
In addition to offering undergraduate and graduate classes in their areas of expertise, each one also maintains an active practice devoted to creative work, exhibitions, academic research and scholarly publishing, or public performance.