Christine Marme' Thompson
Christine Marmé Thompson is a professor in the School of Visual Arts at Penn State, and coordinates graduate programs in art education. Professor Thompson earned her Ph.D. in art education at The University of Iowa in 1985, and taught at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 1985-2001. Her research focuses on issues of children's culture and art learning. Professor Thompson's writings have appeared in national and international journals in art and early childhood education, and in numerous edited collections. She is co-editor, with Liora Bresler, of The Arts in Children's Lives: Context, Culture, and Curriculum (2002), published by Kluwer Academic Press, and editor of The Visual Arts and Early Childhood Learning (1995), published by the National Art Education Association (NAEA). She currently serves on the editorial board of Studies in Art Education, and as book review editor for Visual Arts Research. Dr. Thompson was president of the Seminar for Research in Art Education from 2003-2005. A member of the Council for Policy Studies in Art Education, Professor Thompson received the Mary Rouse Award (1995) and the June King Mc Fee Award (2005) from the Women's Caucus of NAEA, and the Marilyn Zurmuehlen Award (1994) from the Seminar for Research in Art Education.
Erin Tapley is an Associate Professor of Art Education at Western Carolina University in North Carolina. She teaches a number of arts related courses as well as classes for graduate and undergraduate students in the art education department. Her research is centered on issues around art education and higher education. She has published her research in a number of journals related to art education and she is a practicing artist. Her work has been featured in art exhibitions across the United States
Vicky Grube, Assistant Professor of Art at Appalachian State University, received her M Ed from the University of Illinois, her MFA in Theatre Arts and her PhD in Art Education from the University of Iowa. She has taught painting, theatre design, art education and early childhood education at the University of Iowa and surrounding colleges in the midwest. She has a national and a regional NEA in the Visual Arts , has shown her work throughout the midwest notably at the Chicago Cultural Center, the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City and at the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha and won Best of Show at the Nelson Atkins and at the Des Moines Art Center where her work is in their permanent collection.
She has designed sets and costumes for University of Iowa theater productions working with Rinde Eckert and Ducks Breath Mystery Theatre, Leon Martell. In 1988 she received a Diverse Visions Grant from the Mc Knight Foundation of Minnesota for her theatre troupe Pinkys Custom Cakes. Pinkys has performed at the University of Iowa Museum of Art and at the Catherine Nash Gallery at the University of Minnesota. Her doctoral research concerns critical theory and ethnographic methodology. She has published in Visual Arts Research.
Connie Bethards, Associate Professor of Art and Design at Northern Colorado University, specializes in philosophical approaches, methods and materials for providing art making experiences to individuals who have disabilities. She also researches “inclusion” practices in public schools. Bethards leads the Art Education Program in which she teaches many of the art education courses and supervises student teachers. Her studio work is in drawing, painting and metalworking.
Rahila Weed is an Assistant Professor of Art and Art Eduation at the University of Central Missouri. She specializes in art education with children who have special needs, particularly autism. She is a practicing artist who enjoys making books by hand as well as teaching elementary methods classes and classes in the visual arts.
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