Department of Art and Art History People

Dr. Heidi Powell


Art Education / Visual Art Studies

Heidi Powell

Dr. Heidi C. Powell began teaching at the University of Texas at Austin in January of 2014, serving as Lecturer and Coordinator of Field Experiences. Prior to coming to UT Austin she served as Special Appointed Faculty and Visiting Scholar at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (2013), was an Assistant Professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (2008-2012), Eastern Washington University (2006-2008), and Clinical Instructor/VAP at the University of Houston (2002-2006). She currently serves on the National Art Education Association’s Professional Materials Committee, is Co-Editor of Trends, the peer-reviewed journal for the Texas Art Education Association, and is Higher Education Chair Elect for TAEA.

On the international front she served as an NAEA delegate to Cuba, an invited artist-scholar to the Freies Atelierhaus Schaumbad and Uni-Graz in Graz, Austria (2011) (, served as an National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow in Alaska and British Columbia (2010), and as a Fulbright Scholar at the Iceland Academy for the Arts- Listahaskoli Islands (2009). She exhibits nationally and internationally-Austria, Iceland, Croatia, as well as Arkansas, Washington, Connecticut, and Texas, to name a few. Her sculpture, Voices of Our Ancestors, is on permanent loan to the Depot Museum in Morrilton, Arkansas, and tells the story of her ancestor Diodema born on the Trail of Tears. (AKA Dr. Heidi Mullins)

She is an artist and scholar of Native American (Lenni Lenape) and Norwegian descent, her more recent scholarly research emphasizes Narrative Inquiry and Experienced-Based research methods, addressing pedagogy in arts education, medicine and arts integration, indigenous identities, art cultures, and art- based research, exploring the theoretical and practical ideas of how the arts reframe pre-conceived notions in learning environments. These methodologies are by nature interdisciplinary and re-exam claims of plurality, viability, and cannon as a form of cultural positioning in the arts and arts pedagogy and practice.

Her creative work focuses on indigenous and isolated histories and their relationship to contemporary society as landscape. Foundational to her creative work is the notion of “story” which re-emphasizes the conflictual and the consensual in society, constructing and de-constructing daily identity where the personal, collective, and cultural converge. She says, “for me, art making is a way of adding original dialogue and new ideas, to artistic narratives of knowledge that demonstrate how individual truth, imagination, and experience work together.”

Dr. Powell Received her undergraduate degree in Music Performance and Music Education from Houston Baptist University, and her M. Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction (Art Education) and Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction (Art Education) from the University of Houston.