Co-Director, Facility for Arts Research

Sculptor, Carolyn Henne, is the Chair of the Department of Art and Co-Director of the Facility for Arts Research at Florida State University.

Henne’s sculpture is largely informed by anatomical studies – from simple school-house diagrams to NIH’s Visual Human Project. Her work ranges from large, complex interactive installations and performances to more straightforward, discrete objects.  “Suspended Self Portrait”, is in the permanent collection at the National Museum of Health and Medicine and was featured in the NIH’s exhibition and book, Dream Anatomy.

Henne was a faculty facilitator in VCU’s da Vinci center where a collaborative team of arts, engineering, and business students worked with VCU surgeons to develop a prototype for a life-like surgical trainer. Subsequently she integrated many facets of her work experience as she collaborated with surgeons and engineers to develop a second prototype of the surgical trainer that is now being duplicated and employed to train surgical students and shared at workshops internationally.  She is Courtesy Faculty in the Department of Medical Humanities in FSU’s College of Medicine.

As the Chair of FSU’s Department of Art, she is overseeing an exciting department where the focus is on producing technologically savvy artists and designers who are conscientious actors with good hands.  Students graduate with analytical and critical skills, hand skills, web skills, design skills, collaborative skills and a real conviction and belief in what they do and have to offer.  She is the Director of the new Public Art and Architectural Art program and the Sculpture Head.