Department of Art and Art History Calendar

Art Education Lecture Series presents Ami Kantawala and Mary Ann Stankiewicz

Searching the Past: Exploring History within the Field of Art Education

Dr. Ami Kantawala

Kantawala serves as an adjunct faculty member in the Art & Art Education Program at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York, and also teaches in Boston University’s online Masters Program in Art Education. She teaches a variety of courses at both universities ranging from research methods, master’s seminar, history of art education, and leadership in art education. Her research intersects historical methods, cultural studies, postcolonial theory, higher education leadership, and mentoring. She has published articles in the journals Visual Arts Research, Studies in Art Education and the International Journal of Art and Design Education. Recently, she was guest editor for a special issue of the Journal of Visual Inquiry (Intellect Publishers) titled “Critical Re-framing of Art Education Histories,” and will guest edit another issue of this journal in Fall 2014 titled “Insightful and Creative Leadership within Arts Education: History, Challenges, Opportunities, and Practices.” Dr. Kantawala also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Visual Inquiry: Learning and Teaching Art, Studies in Art Education, Journal of Social Theory in Art Education (both journals published by NAEA), and the Canadian Review of Art Education. She is the co-chair of the brain trust on historical research methods in Art Education for the Higher Education Division Research Steering Committee, and recently served as the Eastern Region Director of the Higher Education Division for the NAEA. She has also presented at several NAEA, AERA and CAA conferences on the topics of mentoring, new faculty development, international histories, research methods, undocumented histories of art education, and art education in India.

Dr. Mary Ann Stankiewicz

Stankiewicz is Professor of Art Education at The Pennsylvania State University and a former president of the National Art Education Association. Her research on art education history and policy has been published in major professional journals and funded by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Spencer Foundation, and the Oregon Center for the Humanities, among others. Her book Roots of Art Education Practice, a history of art education for K–12 art teachers, has been translated into Korean. Dr. Stankiewicz has presented at local, state, national, and international conferences. She coordinated art education programs at the University of Maine and California State University, Long Beach, was an independent scholar and consultant, assistant vice president for academic affairs at the Ringling School of Art and Design in Florida, and a program officer with the Getty Center for Education in the Arts. A past-president of NAEA’s Women's Caucus, she edited Art Education, the NAEA journal (1996–98). She is an NAEA Distinguished Fellow and recipient of the June King McFee award from the NAEA Women’s Caucus. During her 2007–08 sabbatical leave, she began work on a critical history of Massachusetts College of Art + Design. She is currently Associate Editor of Studies in Art Education (2013–15), and has been selected by the NAEA as the 2014 National Art Educator.