Meet the Theatre and Art Faculty

Dr. Henry Brown Graham IV

Dr. GrahamDr. Graham came to CMU in 2007 after a long and interesting career in the arts and archaeology. Trained at Princeton University where he earned his A.B. in European¬ Civilization and his M.F.A and Ph.D. in Art History and Archaeology, he first taught at Washington University in St. Louis where his courses covered ancient through Renaissance art. While there he organized an exhibit of medieval illuminated manuscripts. Then at New College of the University of South Florida he set up the Medieval Fair which was attended by 10,000 people and continues to this day, took 31 students to Italy for a full semester in the European Workshop program, and became involved in underwater archaeology, diving on and excavating an American Revolutionary warship in Penobscot Bay in Maine. Then as chairman of the Art Department at Trinity University in San Antonio he established a major’s program in Art History and was appointed Adjunct Professor at the Institute of Nautical Archaeology based at Texas A&M University. In that capacity, he took part in diving excavations of ancient Roman and medieval shipwrecks in the Mediterranean.

After seventeen years as a university professor, Dr. Graham, with his wife Claudia and their three children, decided to make their home on a 33-foot sailboat which they equipped for world cruising. They sailed from Texas to the Florida Keys, the Bahamas, Bermuda, across the Atlantic to England, the canals of France, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Israel, Spain, Madeira, the Canary Islands, and back across the Atlantic to the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico, all in a voyage that lasted nearly six years, three of which were spent in the Mediterranean.

The Grahams then settled in northern California where they raised Tuscan olives and Dr. Graham taught at a middle school where he also ran the Gifted and Talented program, produced a daily on-campus television broadcast, and sponsored the National Geographic Bee. In 2005, the Grahams moved back to a farm south of Fayette that has been in the family for six generations. After building a house and settling in, Dr. Graham was appointed to teach at Central. He is also a member of the Fayette Round Table Club and on the executive boards of the Ashby-Hodge Gallery of American Art at Central and of the Fayette Area Heritage Association. In addition, he originated and for 6 years coordinated the annual Fayette Festival of the Arts, a judged art show with an all-day program of musical entertainment, sponsored by the Fayette Area Heritage Association. The Festival continues and is now in its 12th year. In 2013, he was chosen Fayette Citizen of the Year and in the summer of 2019, he led a group of 25 on an art study tour of Italy, France and the Netherlands.

At Central Dr. Graham teaches Art History I, Art History II, and Art Appreciation. Married since 1958, the Grahams have three children and six grandchildren.