FSU Department of Art Education

FSU Department of Art Education


🎓🎉 Join us in celebrating our newest class of PhD graduates!

The FSU Department of Art History and FSU Department of Art Education saw three students join the ranks of doctoral alumni in August. Check out the image captions to meet our amazing PhD class of summer 2022.
Children Ages 5-10 can “Paint the Town!” with FSU Department of Art Education Chair Sara Scott Shields from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the William Johnston Building. Your young artists can collaborate on a large mural featuring images of historic, iconic and memorable places in Tallahassee.
FSU Department of Art History Chair Dr. Lorenzo Pericolo and FSU Department of Art Education Chair Dr. Sara Scott Shields will take part in “Imagining the Future: Educating the Next Generation,” a symposium on the future of Arts Education. The discussion will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. at the College of Music’s Dohnányi Recital Hall in the Housewright Building.
Playing with Art
Now at the WJB Gallery: “Playing with Art: Cassia Kite and the Invention of Soundstitching.” This solo exhibition of artwork by Sarasota-based artist Cassia Kite was developed by students from the graduate level Visitor-Centered Exhibitions course, under the direction of Dr. Ann Rowson Love.

All exhibitions in the WJB Gallery are curated by or display works by students of the College of Fine Arts.
Learn more: fla.st/A277DVB1

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Summer at the Museum ☀️
MA Student Joyce Jefferson interned at The John G. Riley Center & Museum this summer, where she conducted extensive research project for an upcoming four-part exhibition, “African Americans in Tallahassee: From the Antebellum Period to the Civil Rights Era” and used her archival background to organize and catalogue collections.

What have you been up to this summer? Tell us about it in the comments!

Are you interested in working in a museum like Joyce? Learn more about the Master of Arts in Museum Education and Visitor-Centered Curation program: fla.st/DWE6SQTI

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Congratulations to our FSU Department of Art, FSU Department of Art Education, and Florida State University Interior Architecture and Design students and alumni who were chosen as winners in the Honors, Scholars, & Fellows House Excellence in the Visual Arts Exhibition! The exhibition and awards recognize outstanding students for work of exceptional artistic achievement. View the exhibition here: https://hsf.fsu.edu/art-awards

Eight CFA students took home awards:
🏆 Kathy Cintron
🏆 Devin Clark (not pictured)
🏆 Elise Andersen (not pictured)
🏆 Sena Karataş
🏆 Donald Guevara (MFA '22)
🏆 Andrew Turner (MFA '22)
🏆 Chayse Sampy
🏆 Tiffany Machin (BS '22)
FSU Department of Art Education Specialized Teaching Faculty Dr. Nancy Ge**er recently guest co-edited, with esteemed colleague Richard Siegesmund, Ph.D., a special issue of the International Review of Qualitative Research (IRQR) entitled “Innovations in Arts Based Research”!

This special issue consists of articles written by distinguished arts-based research scholars who were meant to present at the cancelled International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry (ICQI) in 2020 due to the pandemic.

Summer Art Workshops ☀️🎨
FSU’s Department of Art Education is hosting local elementary through high school students as part of its annual Summer Art Workshop! This year’s theme is “Inside, Outside” and activities are designed to get kids stepping outside of their comfort zones and into their artistic voices. Read more: fla.st/VPSELBOK

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Happy Professional Arts Tuesday!

Today we are featuring Qiaochu Wang, a second year PhD in Arts Administration student in the FSU Department of Art Education Qiaochu also has a Master’s degree in Piano Performance from Kent State University

Prior to pursuing her PhD, Qiaochu organized a student concert series between 2013 and 2016 for her piano studio in China. Part of her work included engaging with local elementary and middle school students to boost attendance and generate an interest in piano performance. After finishing her degree, Qiaochu hopes to work in the United States with a symphony orchestra to continue promoting the genre.

Fun fact: In addition to playing piano, Qiaochu likes to paint in a variety of styles and enjoys working on her makeup skills!
📖✍️ New Publishing! 📖✍️

Congratulations to PhD in Arts Administration student MLe McWilliams and FSU Department of Art Education Chair Sara Scott Shields on the publication of their recent study, “It Came in Waves: Doctoral Students Resilience During COVID-19” in the Journal of Critical Thought and Praxis. This study examines the graduate student experience in the midst of COVID, in hopes of identifying ways that faculty and students can support one another during the impending transition back to pre-pandemic life. Read it here: https://www.iastatedigitalpress.com/jctp/article/id/12955/

Teacher Appreciation 👩‍🏫✨

Today for with the FSU Department of Art Education, we're featuring first year grad student Autumn Vincze!

Although new to the program this semester, Autumn received her Bachelor's in Psychology from FSU and also a degree in Interior Design from Seminole State.

She has worked in Project Management for most of her career, as well as Student Housing. She has been homeschooling her daughter for 2 years which was the catalyst for her entering the Master's in Art Education program.

Welcome to the program, Autumn!

Florida State University researchers are creating new forms of art while using their knowledge to contribute to Florida and beyond! FSU Department of Art Education's program and the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC) were recognized for their contributions: fla.st/4JO7DKQ3
Check out this article that talks about how FSU Department of Art Education Chair Sara Scott Shields helped art teachers reconnect after working in isolation for two years!
Join the Florida State University Honors Program Friday, April 8th from 1:30 – 3:00PM in the Honors, Scholars, and Fellows House for the Student Excellence in the Visual Arts Exhibition! Come enjoy free refreshments and hear from the finalists and honorable mention recipients. Award announcements will begin at 2:15pm. There is also a People’s Choice Award to vote for your favorite artwork! Voting will open on April 4th and will close on April 8th at 2:00pm. To view the art and vote, click here: https://hsf.fsu.edu/art-awards

The College of Fine Arts is well-represented by 12 students from the FSU Department of Art , Florida State University Interior Architecture and Design and FSU Department of Art Education in the exhibition, including:

Katherine Cintron • Alycia Drapcho • Supakit Kamonkarun • Jewel Hovland • Erin Kittelson • Elise Andersen • Maryam Takalou • Chayse Sampy • Andrew Turner • Sena Karatas • Donald Guevara • Christina Szakonyi • Tiffany Machin

Are you a current student or alum of the College of Fine Arts? Send us your career updates and recent accomplishments to be featured on our social media accounts! We want to hear what you’ve been up to. https://bit.ly/3yqJ8YH

In this week’s student spotlight, we’re highlighting Zida Wang! Zida is a third-year Ph.D. student from the Museum Education and Visitor-Centered Curation (EC) program. He works as the Graduate Research Assistant in the FSU Department of Art Education and he is the EC program’s social media representative. Zida has been awarded the National Art Education Association (NAEA) 2022 Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (ED&I) Scholarship and will attend the NAEA’s 2022 Convention in NYC this March.

“I interned at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in DC when I was at the George Mason University Arts Management program, which was the first step of my museum career. Since then I decided that I want to build my museum professional career in the future. I used to work for LACMA Los Angeles County Museum of Art from 2018 to 2019, which was an amazing experience for me to understand the importance of museum education. I also worked as an assistant curator in the 2019 National Fine Art Exhibition in China, where I saw my shortcomings in understanding museum edu-curation. These experiences brought me to the EC program at FSU. My research interest is hybrid space exhibition curation. In 2020, I co-curated a hybrid exhibition called ‘Apart/Together’ with Dr. Ann Rowson Love and other students from ARE 5257 Visitor Centered Exhibition class. This experience strengthened my belief that hybrid exhibition space could be a future for the museums and exhibition organizations during and after COVID.”

Fun facts: Zida likes to play soccer and photography. His favorite soccer club is FC Bayern Munich.

COCA had a great time with current and future art teachers at a multi-media bookmaking workshop led by Sara Scott Shields at the FSU Department of Art Education. We were delighted to partner with them in presenting this professional development opportunity thanks to funding from Duke Energy. We send our appreciation to all who participated and helped to make this meaningful learning experience happen.

Greetings from the Department of Art Education at FSU! http://arted.fsu.edu/news/

The Department of Art Education is part of the College of Fine Arts at Florida State University and consists of four Graduate Programs: Art Education, Art Therapy, Arts Administration, and Museum Education and Exhibitions (MEX). Art for Life is the vision which guides our four graduate programs:

The Art Education Program’s principle goals are to deepen the visual and cultural literacy of future a

Operating as usual


Friendly Reminder to subscribe to the Art Education Graduate Student Canvas. This is a great resource for students in the Art Education department. The most recent announcements included a Job listing, a Virtual Roundtable, and a Public Dissertation Defense. Under the Modules tab there is Canvas support, Resources for Masters and Doctoral students, as well as Inspirational Tips !!!


Calling all kid artists!! The FSU Art Education Department has a great Saturday workshop this week (October 22, 9-12)! Drop your K-6 kids off in the morning to visit our gallery, make kaleidoscopes, and do some shadow painting!!! Registration is $25 and includes a snack! Learn more and register at: arted.fsu.edu/programs/art-workshops/

Photos from FSU Department of Art Education's post 10/17/2022

This we’re highlighting a few job opportunities at some of our favorite local museums and galleries, including FSU’s very own Museum of Fine Arts (). We also want to promote The Division of Historical Resources () and the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum (). These are all amazing opportunities, and we encourage you to polish up your resume and apply!


On this the FSU Art Therapy Program is highlighting Dr. Karina Donald, ATR-BC, LMFT-Associate, Asst. Professor of Art Therapy at FSU. Last week, Dr. Donald presented her paper, “Spirituality and Resilience among English-speaking Caribbean Families,” at the Intervention Research in Systemic Family Therapy Conference in Michigan. Congratulations, Dr. Donald for this accomplishment and for your continual efforts to serve Caribbean families through art therapy.

Photos from FSU Department of Art Education's post 10/12/2022

Class Field Trip to COCA: Maclain Hardin - Kurza is a PhD student in Arts Administration for the Department of Art Education here at FSU. She is also the Teaching Assistant for the Introduction to Arts Administration (ARE 4932) Course. This past week she took her students on a field trip to COCA (the Council on Culture & Arts) here in Tallahassee. The students got to meet the Executive Director, Kathleen Spehar, and the Grants Manager, Hillary Crawford. The students got to learn about arts & culture funding, arts engagement, and arts advocacy on a local, state - wide, and national level.

Photos from FSU Department of Art Education's post 10/10/2022

Indigenous Peoples Day invites us to rethink how we celebrate U.S. history by asking us to grapple with the legacies of colonialism and violence against Native communities. But it is about more than reflecting on and memorializing the violences of the past; Indigenous Peoples Day celebrates and honors the cultures, traditions, contributions, and resilience of the people who originally inhabited and continue to inhabit the land many now call the United States. The background photo in this post comes from Native Land Digital (https://native-land.ca/), a Canadian, Indigenous-led not-for-profit that strips away the artificial borders of modern countries and states to reveal historic and present-day Indigenous territories.

That Indigenous Peoples Day falls on a presents us in the edu-curation program with an opportunity to think about how we in the museum field must work to address the legacies of colonialism that affect our field. must be more than a social media trend for museum professionals, and one of the central tenets of the Museum Education and Visitor-Centered Curation program is seeking social justice in museum practice.

Looking for ways to celebrate at FSU? Today, and the are hosting a film screening of "Long Line of Ladies," directed by Shaandiin Tome (Diné) and Rayka Zehtabchi, a 22-minute award-winning documentary film released in 2022. The film tells the story of a girl, Ahty Allen, and her community as they prepare for her Ihuk, the once-dormant coming of age ceremony of the Karuk tribe of Northern California. The film will screen at MoFA today at noon followed by a Q&A with co-director Rayka Zehtabchi at 12:30 PM via Zoom, and there will be an additional screening at 4 PM.

Photos from FSU Department of Art Education's post 10/07/2022

Did you forget the Festival of the Creative Arts started yesterday? No problem! You can still join in on this campus-wide collaborative event tonight, tomorrow, and Sunday. The event highlights the diverse voices, talents, and creativity of FSU faculty and students. All events are free and open to the public.

And of course we have to give special attention to one of tomorrow’s events: Paint the Town! Bring your kids, nieces, nephews, younger siblings, and more to the William Johnston Building tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. to collaborate on a large mural featuring images of historic, iconic, and memorable places in Tallahassee. See you there!


On this Wednesday, the FSU Art Therapy Program sends care and support to everyone affected by Hurricane Ian.


On this Wednesday, the FSU Art Therapy Program sends care and support to everyone affected by Hurricane Ian.

Photos from FSU Department of Art Education's post 10/03/2022

This we’re highlighting one of our edu-curation students: Nancy Jiang (Xiaonan Jiang )! Nancy has a bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature and a master’s degree in Arts Administration. She is a doctoral candidate, full-time professor, and mother working on her dissertation research at the Shandong Art Museum in China.

During their four-day workshop this summer, the FSU Office of Graduate Fellowships and Awards identified Nancy as a rockstar graduate student. She was also interviewed by Honorine Rouiller, the Grad Impact: Digital Narratives project manager, as part of their Coffee and Conversation series. Congratulations, Nancy!

Be sure to check out the recording of Nancy’s interview and her profile on the Office of Graduate Fellowships and Awards website at https://ogfa.fsu.edu/graduate/xiaonan-jiang


There's still time to register for our Saturday Art Workshop happening tomorrow, 9am-12pm. On campus on the William Johnson Building. Instruction by the Art Education Program and fun ! Grades K-9 welcome. Register via our website, arted.fsu.edu/programs/art-workshops.


On this we are congratulating FSU Art Therapy Alumni Casey Barlow and Evie Soape, along with FSU Art Therapy Faculty Dr. David Gussak! Congratulations to 4th author Anna Schubarth as well! On December 28th, 2021, their article, Mitigating Over-Isolation: Art Therapy in Prisons Program During COVID-19, was published in the Journal of the American Art Therapy Association. Featured in the photo from left to right are Michele Torrech-Perez (FSU Art Therapy Alumna), Casey Barlow, Dr. David Gussak, Evey Soape, and Anna Schubarth, who all work in the Art Therapy in Prisons Program.

This article highlights how the FSU/FDC Art Therapy in Prisons Program adapted to the rapidly changing circumstances of COVID-19 to continue to provide art therapy for youth offenders in four prisons to help mitigate obstacles to their education. Through the use of workbooks, prompts, and written feedback, the team provided inmates with an emotional outlet that addressed increasing anxiety, loss, and frustrations over the uncertainty caused by the pandemic and increased isolation. With the increased isolation and restrictions, the workbooks provided a unique way for inmates to continue to connect with others who cared about their well-being and validated their identities.

When reflecting on the experience of the program during the pandemic and writing the article, Barlow states that "It was important to discuss the immense effects of the pandemic on the prison system, which was largely overlooked by the free world population, and specifically advocate for our clients who felt it most. We are a team who are very passionate about our work and cares greatly for the population we serve. We feel honored and privileged to amplify the voices of those we serve."


Florida State University Update: Due to Hurricane Ian, classes at Florida State University’s Tallahassee campuses are canceled Tuesday, Sept. 27, through Friday, Sept. 30. Out of an abundance of caution, FSU cancelled classes beginning Tuesday to allow students to travel safely out of the area if they so choose.

Campus will remain open and operational Tuesday, Sept. 27, and Wednesday, Sept. 28.

Campus will close for business Thursday, Sept. 29, and Friday, Sept. 30.


Have you been to FSU’s MoFA () recently? This we’re highlighting their exhibition “It’s A Lot Like Falling in Love: Legacies of Naiad Press in the Tallahassee Le***an Community.” Naiad Press was one of the first publishing companies dedicated to le***an literature, and its headquarters were right here in Tallahassee. The exhibition opened back in June, and you can see it anytime the museum is open between now and October 29th, 2022. If you haven’t had the chance, be sure to stop by and learn more about the history of the press, its role as a community center in Tallahassee, and listen to some amazing oral histories.


This past Thursday, the 15th, art education PhD candidate Chris Omni’s “Black Joy is a Stride: How Movement Moves the Message" was selected as an official part of the Soundwalk September Global Festival.

Omni’s event asks the question: What is Black Joy? And follows with —
Black Joy is a Statement, a Stride, is Permission, is Pride, is a form of Resistance, is a form of Rest. Black Joy is anything you need it to be…
…because Black Joy is the best!

During the event, Omni discusses the topic of “Slow Movements” in Green Spaces, drawing together her passions of storytelling and eco-spirituality.

Her event is eligible for an award, but as Omni herself states, “the award, to me, is that Black Joy is becoming an international conversation”.

To see more information, click the linktr.ee in bio


Photos from FSU Department of Art Education's post 09/22/2022

We had a lovely happy hour today at Proof! Looking forward to getting together in October for a spooky treat!

Photos from FSU Department of Art Education's post 09/21/2022

On this wellness , we are featuring second-year art therapy grad student Jennifer Suarez and her experience assisting in art camps for the Holocaust Education Resource Council student summer program!

Last summer, Jennifer assisted Dr. David Gussak, Professor of Art Therapy at FSU, in creating and leading art therapy activities that taught Tallahassee teenagers about Holocaust stories of survival. Her experiences working with clients at previous practicum sites and prior teaching experience prepared her for leading art activities and becoming confident in her art therapy process. The art therapy sessions started by reading Art Spiegelman's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Maus. This graphic novel was used as a muse throughout the camp, inspiring the kids as they created personal animal masks. The different art-making activities and conversations culminated in an eight-panel moveable painting highlighting Spiegelman's work in his studio. Jennifer states that while initially feeling nervous leading such an important activity, she felt reassured by Dr. Gussak's trust in her and was invigorated by the rapport she built with the teenagers and their thoughtful attention and dedication to the art therapy activity. At the end of the camp, the teenagers filled out surveys and mentioned that the art making was the most memorable experience of the camp. When recounting her experience leading the camp, Jennifer states, "it is important to pay attention to what's important to others and let that help inform your practice. Create a space where people feel comfortable expressing themselves and trying something new."

Photos from FSU Department of Art Education's post 09/15/2022

On this wellness , we are featuring second-year art therapy grad student TaNica Holmes and her experience assisting with research in Grenada!

Last summer, TaNica accompanied Dr. Karina Donald, Asst. Professor of Art Therapy at FSU, on her trip to Grenada to aid in furthering Caribbean resilience and history research and assisted Dr. Donald with art therapy for two camps. As part of the research, she assisted Dr. Donald and her colleague with interviewing individuals in Grenada, Carriacou, and Petit Martinique. During her final two weeks, TaNica co-assisted Dr. Donald with art therapy camps. Many people in the community did not know what art therapy or therapy was. Thus, TaNica would introduce herself as "an aspiring counselor with art." The camps provided the youth with psychoeducation that transitioned into art therapy. Throughout the sessions, numerous emotions arose, allowing TaNica to offer the kids a different outlet to channel their emotions and express them through art-making. The experience left a powerful impact on TaNica, allowing her to teach members of the community and for the community to teach her. She expresses, "Being there made me realize not to take things for granted. Some of the community's people were underserved and did not have access to as much as some of us here."

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