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Antonio C. Cuyler

Published January 1, 2010

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Interim Chair,
Associate Professor of Arts Administration,
& Coordinator of the MA program
Curriculum Vitae (CV)


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Throughout his career, Dr. Antonio C. Cuyler has amassed a portfolio of diverse teaching experiences in arts administration education. He is one of few faculty who has taught degree seeking students at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels. He has also taught on-line, face-to-face, in private and public arts schools, as well as at a private and a public university. Although he is “the first Black man to earn a Ph.D. in Arts Administration,” and “the first Black man to earn promotion and tenure in his discipline,” he is less concerned about achieving these kinds of superlatives. He cares more about enhancing and increasing the educational attainment of arts managers, especially those of color. In doing so, he developed a service learning program to support his courses in providing his students transformative educational experiences in socially responsible arts administration. His former students currently hold positions at the Atlanta Music Project, Arizona Opera, British Council, Gadsden Arts Center, Joffrey Ballet, National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, North Carolina School of the Arts, Quad City Symphony Orchestra, and St. Louis Classical Guitar, among other cultural organizations.

The central question he explores in his research is, in what ways can the cultural sector ensure and protect the creative justice of all people? He is internationally recognized for his expertise and scholarship on internships in Arts Management, as well as his work on access, diversity, equity, and inclusion (ADEI) in the cultural sector which appears in the American Journal of Arts Management, Cultural Management: Science and Education, ENCACT Journal of Cultural Management and Policy, Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA Reader), Grant Professionals Association Journal, Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society, International Journal of Arts Management, International Journal of Social, Political and Community Agendas in the Arts, and Music Entertainment and Industry Educators Association Journal. As a globally engaged scholar, he has presented research in Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, England, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Northern Ireland, Portugal, Scotland, Spain, South Korea, Switzerland, and across the U. S. Because of his interest in assisting the development of arts management in emerging economies, he has also given presentations to the China Ministry of Cultural Affairs, and to delegates from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan.

He is a member of the Brokering Intercultural Exchange Network which explores the role of cultural managers as intercultural brokers in the context of globalization, as well as the Diversity Scholars Network, which fosters an interdisciplinary multi-institutional community of scholars to strengthen research and scholarship about diversity, equity and inclusion and address issues in education and society. He is a 2017 recipient of the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs Diversity & Inclusion Award, the College of Fine Arts’ inaugural Teaching Award, and the inaugural winner of the President’s Choice Award given by the Tallahassee Young Professionals Network for professional accomplishments and community engagement. Before returning to his alma mater, Dr. Cuyler held faculty positions at SUNY Purchase College, American University, and the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). To access his scholarly publications, click here.

Areas of Responsibility

Arts Administration


Ph.D., Art Education/ Arts Administration, Florida State University
M.A., Arts Administration, Florida State University
B.M./ES, Voice & Foreign Languages, Stetson University

Teaching Areas

Principles of Arts Administration
Grant Writing & Development
Arts in Community Engagement
Cultural Policy


Arts Administration Education, and Creative Justice Issues in the Cultural Sector.

Select Scholarly/Creative Works & Awards

  • Cuyler, A. C. (2019). The Role of Foundations in Achieving Creative Justice in the U. S. Cultural Sector. GIA Reader, 30(1), 6.
  • Cuyler, A. C. (2018). The efficacy of using service learning to teach about social justice issues in the U. S. cultural sector. International Journal of Social, Political and Community Agendas in the Arts, 13(4), 10.
  • Cuyler, A. C. (2017). A Survey of Arts Management Educators’ Teaching on Diversity Issues. Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society, 47(3), 10.
  • Cuyler, A. C., & Hodges, A. R. (2015). From the Student Side of the Ivory Tower: An Empirical Study of Arts and Cultural Management Students’ Expectations of Internships. International Journal of Arts Management, 17(3), 25.
  • Cuyler, A. C. (2014). Critical Issues for Research in Arts Management. ENCACT Journal of Cultural Management and Policy, 4(1), 12.
  • Cuyler, A. C. (2013). Affirmative action and Diversity: Implications for Arts Management. Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society, 43(2), 15.