2016 Conference Keynote Speakers
The New York state Art teachers Association will hold it’s 68th Annual Conference, Tradition and Innovation: The Pivotal Role of Art Education at the Desmond Hotel and Conference Center in Albany, NY from November 18-20, 2016. Keynote speakers will include
Chromotopia: Geographies of Color explores philosopher Jacques Ranciére’s maxim “Everything is in everything” as well as his theory of “universal teaching,” suggesting that a more expansive approach to color curriculum will promote better mixing, critical thinking, metacognitive awareness, and more sensitivity to color in multiple contexts. The presentation features easy-to-do “out of the box” (and out of the wheel) color experiences, including abstract paintings, narrative collages, public art, GIFS, and animations. Understand and teach color in relation to history, science, and economics as well as to the everyday uses of color in popular culture. Did people of the past see the same colors we do? Do people see color differently in various contemporary cultures? How do other creatures see color? Are the color perceiving capacities of humans evolving? Consider the profound cultural implications of color symbolism. Where and when did the pink/blue gender binary for babies originate? Are cultural associations with dark and light innate and universal, or cultural and contextual? Slip into something colorful for this fast-paced tour of the world of color as we reconsider, not just the color curriculum, but the underlying implications of all of the media, methods, and structures that shape our art teaching and curriculum
Olivia Gude is the Angela Gregory Paterakis Professor of Art Education at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a Professor Emerita at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In 2014 she was awarded the National Art Education Association’s “art education article of the year” Manuel Barkan Award as well as the Illinois Art Education Association’s Higher Education Art Educator of the Year.
Gude received the 2009 NAEA Viktor Lowenfeld Award for significant contributions to the field of art education. Gude is a member of the Council for Policy Studies in Art Education and of the Educational Advisory Board of the PBS series Art 21. From 2012 to 2014, Gude was a member of the Visual Arts writing team for the Next Generation National Core Visual Arts Standards.
Nathalie Miebach explores the intersection of art and science by translating scientific data related to meteorology, ecology and oceanography into woven sculptures and musical scores/performances. Her main method of data translation is that of basket weaving, which functions as a simple, tactile grid through which to interpret data into 3D space. Central to this work is her desire to explore the role visual and musical aesthetics play in the translation and understanding of
complex scientific systems, such as weather. By utilizing artistic processes and everyday materials, she is questioning and expanding the traditional boundaries through which science data has been visually translated (ex: graphs, diagrams), while at the same time provoking expectations of what kind of visual vocabulary is considered to be in the domain of ‘science’ or ‘art’. Miebach is the recipient of numerous awards and residencies, including a Pollock-Krasner Award, TED Global
Fellowship, Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship and a recent nomination for the World Technology Award, Brother Thomas Award, and the Women to Watch Smithsonian Award. She did her undergraduate studies in Chinese and Political Science at Oberlin College. She received an MFA in sculpture and an MSAE in Art Education from Massachusetts College of Art. Her work is shown nationally and abroad, and has been reviewed by publications spanning fine arts, design, and technology. She lives in Boston.
A Conversation with Dennis Inhulsen. In this session, NAEA Chief Learning Officer and NAEA Past President Dennis Inhulsen will be joined by NYSATA President-Elect Sharon Ciccone in a unique conversation regarding National and State standards, service, leadership and the importance of vitality in 21st century Art education. Dennis Inhulsen is a Past-President of the National Art Education Association; previously he served as Vice-President and delegate for NAEA, President of the Michigan Art Education Association and Convention Chair for MAEA and NAEA. Dennis is a frequent presenter related to arts and general education. Dennis is recently retired as Patterson Elementary principal in Holly, Michigan. He has served in school administration for 13 years. Dennis taught art in grades kindergarten through university for twenty-one years. He served as the Writing Chair for Visual Arts for the National Coalition of Core Arts Standards. Dennis holds BFA, MA EdS. Degrees in Art and Education Leadership.
Beth Giacummo (Emerging Artist Lecture)
Beth Giacummo is an artist, curator and educator living and working on Eastern Long Island. She holds a BFA from the School of Visual Arts and an MFA in New Forms from Pratt Institute. As an artist, she has exhibited her work both regionally and internationally in places including New York, Romania, Russia, Spain, Italy, and Denmark. Her interest in blown glass and travel has led her to many cities and countries where she has had the opportunity to live, study, and participate in artist residencies. Giacummo has received a number of grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts( NYFA) and the NY State Council for the Arts (NYSCA) in support of her projects and residencies. Wearing many hats within the art world, Giacummos’ professional experiences range from arts education, higher ed, curriculum building, curatorial work, museum management, gallery management, exhibition direction, non-profit building, arts activism, fundraising and international program development for artists and students. In 2010 Giacummo was appointed Exhibition/Curatorial Director and Senior Curator at the Islip Art
Museum. Dedicated to the development of arts and culture on Long Island, Mrs.
Giacummo has created a number of new programs and collaborative initiatives on
behalf of the Islip Art Museum.
Kathryn Bilharz Gabriel (Emerging Artist Lecture)
Kathryn Bilharz Gabriel was born in Syracuse, New York, in 1984, and currently resides there with her husband on a gentleman’s farm and studio outside the city. In 2010 she concluded eight years of academic and professional work in Albany, New York, with a BFA in Painting from The College of Saint Rose, a dual degree in Art Education, and an MFA in Fine Arts from The University at Albany. Kathryn spent several years instructing undergraduate drawing courses at The University at Albany before returning to her hometown of Syracuse to unreservedly accept a full-time faculty position at Fayetteville-Manlius High School, where she currently teaches fine art. Kathryn takes pleasure in teaching others how to see, continuously bringing regional and national attention to the students that she educates, while maintaining her studio and exhibition routine as a professional artist.