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Art Education Alumni Reception

Published March 25, 2013

This year, faculty, graduate students, and alumni of the Florida State University Art Education department met with others in the art education field at the National Art Education Association (NAEA) conference in Ft. Worth, Texas to present their research and gather at our annual alumni reception in Texas.

Dr. Tom Anderson and Dr. Anniina Suominen Guyas shared their experiences teaching pre-service art education courses based on the nine earth art education principles, featuring examples of the K-12 units created and taught by their art education students. Dr. Anderson also presented a session on “Aesthetics for Environmental Awareness and Sustainability with Implications for Art Education.”  Dr, Guyas presented with Dr. Linda Hoeptner-Poling, of Kent State University, an examination of the intertwining of motherhood and scholarship in: “M/otherwork Intertwining Motherhood and Scholarship in Art Education.” Dr. Jeffrey Broome presented “Autoethnography: Lessons Learned from Instructing Art in a Migrant Hispanic Community with Multi-age Groupings” and co-lead a workshop with Monica Broome “Communities in Need: Responding to Natural Disasters Through an Interdisciplinary Art Project.” Dr. Broome was also appointed as the new Southeastern Regional Director of the Higher Education Division for NAEA. Congratulations, Jeff!

Doctoral candidates also disseminated their research. Sunny Spillane presented two sessions “Artistic Practice in Participatory and Community-Based Research” and “Creative Counter-Narratives by Arts Educators in Urban Schools” based on her dissertation research.  She also served on a panel along with other artists/authors in Visual Arts Research special issue on a/r/tography.  Linda McConaughy presented her dissertation research What Teachers Have in Mind: A Heuristic Study of Teachers’ Interactions with Curriculum at the Marilyn Zurmuehlen Working Papers Session of the Seminar for Research in Art Education.  Adriane Pereira presented her dissertation pilot study about students’ creative processes in a learner directed high school art class.

We are thrilled to report that our annual alumni reception was a success with over 80 guests in attendance. Alumni, colleagues, and friends attended the event at the historic Flatiron Building in Ft. Worth.  It was a wonderful opportunity to catch up, network and just relax after a long day.

Thank you to Charlotte Waters, Savannah Stanbery, and Professor Antonio Cuyler for organizing the alumni event from Tallahassee and to Dorothy Demay, Sunny Spillane, and Adriane Pereira, and the Dept. Chairperson, Dr. Dave Gussak, for greeting and making guests feel welcomed on site.  As you can tell from the accompanying photos, everyone had fun.

Looking forward to seeing you all again next year when the National Art Education Association convenes again in San Diego, California!