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Highlights of the 64th Annual Florida Art Education Association (FAEA) Conference

Published January 23, 2017

From October 6th through the 9th, 2016, the 64th annual Florida Art Education Association (FAEA) Conference, entitled “1…2…3D: Art in Real Dimensions,” was held at the Naples Grande Beach Resort in Naples, Florida.

The purpose of the FAEA is to promote visual arts education in Florida through professional development, service, advancement of knowledge and leadership. The FAEA encourages research in art education, holds public discussions, sponsors institutes, conferences and programs; publishes articles, reports and surveys; and works with other related agencies in support of visual arts education.


Taking a step on the wild side, a several Florida State University (FSU) students and faculty traveled into Hurricane Michael to present at the 64th annual FAEA Conference, BA/MS Art Education students giving several presentations with their professors.

On October 6th, Associate Professor Jeff Broome, and FSU High Associate professors Barbara Davis and Pam Wallheiser, and Assistant Professors Michelle Hartsfield and Ruthie Platt presented All Aboard the STEAM Train! Ph.D. Candidate Jennifer Hamrock and Assistant Professor Rachel Fendler presented Artcation at the Plant . . .  What a Free ARt Class Might Look Like. Ferns, Fug, and More! was presented by Ruthie Platt, BA/MS student Caitlin Ward, and Professor Debi Barrett-Hayes. Ph.D. Candidates Ashley Hartman and Jenn Hamrock presented What About Self-Care? Stress-Reduction Strategies for Art Educators.


On the morning of October 7th, Ph.D. Candidate Cindy Jesup shared her research Caught in the Net: Digital Awareness in the Art Room Revisited. Furthermore, Barbara Davis presented Sculpture I, II, III, AP: Scaffolding Design Problems in 3D Art.


The conference continued on October 8th, and Rachel Fendler presented her ongoing project Filming Our Learning Lives: A Visual Research Project with Teens. The Art Education and Museum Education and Visitor-Centered Exhibitions (MEX) students, Morgan Szymanski, Jessie Spraggins Rochford, Jay Boda, and Anthony Woodruff, drove down from their internships at The Ringling to present Let’s Get Collaborative! Museum Collaboration Techniques in the Classroom. Professor Rachel Fendler along with the BA/MS students, Caitlin Ward, Leanna Arroyo, Logan Pattyson, and Elizabeth Puckett presented Walking Our Desire Paths: Pre-service Art Teachers’ Reflections on Teaching and Learning. Joany Cabrera, in his last semester of the BA/MS program, presented The Theory and Practice of Facilitating a Weekly Interactive Critique with High School Students. 


The FSU Art Education professors provided information to those interested in advanced degrees during a session on Masters and Doctoral Degrees in Art Education: A Panel of Options in Florida. The Holocaust Project: Using Analytic Art Criticism to Examine Social Justice Issues was presented by Professor Jeff Broome. Ph.D. Candidates Fatemah Alazmi and Cindy Jesup presented Enhancing Students’ Life Choices Through Practitioner Research. Lastly, a group of BA/MS students, Ryan Robinson, Samantha Beauregard, Morgan Jackson, Victoria Munsell, and Maddison Stevenson, along with Assistant Professor Sara Scott Shields, presented on their leadership at a summer art camp Kids Don’t Know About Social Justice: Planning, Developing, and Reflecting on an Art for Social Justice Summer Camp.

In addition to the significant contribution of FSU students and faculty presented above, Associate Professor Jeff Broome received the FAEA Higher Education Art Educator of the Year Award, while Ph.D. candidate Cindy Jesup received the FAEA Higher Education Individual Student Achievement Award!

Congratulations to all FSU presenters and awardees at the 64th annual FAEA Conference!