Hasaan A. Kirkimg_8372land, MFA (Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte NC)  is a tenured Full Professor of Fine Art, Studio Arts concentration adviser, co-curriculum founder of the Visual and Performing Arts Program at Johnson C. Smith University known as the “Arts Factory” and the founder of the of the Visual and Performing Arts Orientation Program. Formerly, He was the university wide curator at Johnson C. Smith University and The Smith House.  Kirkland is an emerging national artist and scholar of the visual arts and an entrepreneur. He received his B.A. and M.F.A. from Washington State University, with an emphasis in painting and drawing. He has participated in exhibitions in various locations in the United States and abroad. Kirkland is a founding charter member of the National Alliance of Artists from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (NAAHBCU), and has been an advocate and adviser for the city of Charlotte’s public transit art advisory board. He has been published in articles, including the most recent: Below the surface: Ethnic Echoes in America’s modern and Contemporary Art a course textbook reader, and in exhibitions with topics of visual literacy, conceptual imagery, popular culture, and reflections of identity found in the African-American Diaspora. Kirkland is the recipient of the O’Herron Distinguished Faculty Award for his superior mentorship and educational development. Kirkland’s vision for an honor society not only encompasses the inclusion of mentorship, professional readiness, networking, scholarship, performance, exhibition, academic excellence, and honor, but also it provides a relevant representation for students in the arts who deserve recognition for their academic and creative excellence. Kirkland is inspired by an auspicious belief that the practice of skill and discipline enables one to master creative intellectual brilliance found in the energy of expression.  This expression shapes and molds the prestigious regard when culture(s) and societies honor the visual and performing arts. Hasaan A. Kirkland is the Founder and first Executive Director of Psi Rho Alpha Visual and Performing Arts Honor Society.