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“Penn State is Where Art Educators Come From”

SoVA faculty, alumni, and friends gathered for this year’s National Art Education Association convention in Fort Worth, Texas. SoVA’s annual alumni reception was held at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel, with many SoVA faculty, alumni, and friends on hand to celebrate each other’s accomplishments. Many, if not all, of Penn State’s current graduate students and faculty gave lectures and participated in panel discussions throughout the event. A few of the highlights are included below.

Christine Thompson was honored at the convention with the prestigious Lowenfeld Award. In a recent Penn State News article, Thompson simply said, “Penn State is where art educators come from.” The award recognizes an individual who has made significant and distinguished contributions in the field of art education and is typically awarded to recipients who have focused their professional work on children’s art making, following Lowenfeld’s contributions to understanding how children’s artistry contributes to holistic development -- creatively, aesthetically, intellectually, socially, emotionally, and physically.

“My research and teaching, like Lowenfeld's, are concerned with understanding children's lives and the ways that art -- particularly drawing -- allows them to explore the meanings of their experiences,” Thompson said. “I hope that through my teaching, writing, lectures, and mentoring of graduate research I can continue his work as an advocate for art education as a powerful human capacity that deserves our respect and attention and requires cultivation.”

Dr. Karen Keifer-Boyd, professor of art education and women’s studies has been named the 2013 Ziegfeld Award recipient sponsored by USSEA, United States Society for Education through Art. Karen gave the Ziegfled address at the recent National Art Education Association conference in Fort Worth Texas. "The Edwin Ziegfeld Award annually honors one American and one international art educator who have made an outstanding and internationally recognized contribution to art education through exceptional records of achievement in scholarly writing, research, professional service, or community service."

"The mission of the society is to promote greater understanding and respect for learners from all ethnic, minority, and socio-cultural backgrounds through research, art curricula, instruction, and practices that are inclusive and culturally sensitive."

Graeme Sullivan, Director of the School of Visual Arts and Professor of Art Education was invited to deliver the 2013 Studies Lecture at the recent National Art Education Association conference in Fort Worth Texas. Sponsored by the research journal, Studies in Art Education, each year a leading scholar in the field is elected by the Studies Board to present the Studies Lecture. Graeme’s presentation was titled, The Art of Research.

We are also proud to report that Professor Karen Keifer-Boyd along with Professor B. Steven Carpenter were honored as NAEA Distinguished Fellows.  Distinguished Fellows of the National Art Education Association are members of the NAEA who are recognized for their service to the Association and to the profession. They demonstrate a reasonable profile of accomplishment that extends across several criteria including exemplary teaching, research, scholarship or professional service.

Pictured bottom right: from left to right, Elizabeth Delacruz, Karen Keifer-Boyd, Patricia Belleville, Wanda B. Knight

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