NAEA 2016 Conference

The NAEA National Convention is an annual event providing substantive professional development services that include the advancement of knowledge in all sessions, events, and activities for the purpose of improving visual arts instruction in American schools. As such, it is the world’s largest art education convention. Two University of the Arts Art + Design Education faculty members attended and presented at this years conference.

Dr. Barbara Suplee is a Professor in the Department of Art + Design Education and Art Therapy in the College of Art and Design, the University of the Arts. Her presentation titled, ” Contemporary Art Engages Students to Think Reflectively, Critically, and Creatively,” addressed why contemporary art and artists should be used in today’s classrooms.



Rande Blank has been the Director of the MAT in Visual Arts Education program since 2012 and a faculty member with UARTS – Art + Design Education department since 2003, teaching graduate courses, and mentoring students in their practicum experiences. Rande’s presentation promotes divergent thinking for students and teachers in the classroom. This process is known as Design Thinking.


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