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Pat Villeneuve

Published January 1, 2010

pat villeneuveProfessor
Program Director, Arts Administration
Program Director, Museum Education & Visitor Centered Exhibitions
Department of Art Education
Curriculum Vitae (CV)



Pat Villeneuve is Professor and Director of Arts Administration in the Department of Art Education, Florida State University, where she has developed new graduate programs in Museum Education and Visitor-Centered Exhibitions. Pat is editor of the book From Periphery to Center: Art Museum Education in the 21st Century and recipient of the National Art Education Association museum educator of the year award in 2009. Recently, she has developed supported interpretation, a model for visitor-centered exhibitions. Other research interests include organizational sustainability and constructivist teaching. Pat has published and presented extensively nationally and internationally, and she can be reached at


Ph.D. in higher education administration and art education, University of Arizona
MA in art education, University of Arizona

Teaching Areas

Art/museum education, organizational leadership, teaching and learning theory

Research Areas

Art/museum education and supported interpretation (visitor-centered exhibitions)

Select Scholarly/Creative Works & Awards

  • National Art Education Association National Art Museum Educator of 2009
  • Developed the first doctoral program in the country in Museum Education and Exhibitions
  • Developed Supported Interpretation (SI), a new model for visitor-centered exhibitions
  • Editor of From Periphery to Center: Art Museum Education in the 21st Century, the first book on art museum education that the National Art Education Association had published since 1989
  • Gave nine presentations and master classes during a November 2013 speaking tour of Taiwan and China
  • I publish, present, and serve on editorial boards in the United States and internationally
  • Fulbright Scholar, Belgium 2021

    – Villeneuve, P. (2019, June). Considering competing values in art museum exhibition curation. Stedelejk Studies    8. Stedelejk Museum of Amsterdam Retrieved from

    – Rowson Love A., Villeneuve, P.,Burns, J., & Scher, A. (2019, May) Dimensions of Curation: Honoring Objects and Audiences Through Collaboration. Presented at the Annual Conference and Museum Expo of the American Alliance of Museums (New Orleans, LA)

    – Love, A. R., Villeneuve, P., Burns, J., Wessel, B., & Jiang, X. (2021). Dimensions of Curation Competing Values Model: Tool for Shifting Exhibition Priorities in Art Museums. CURATOR-THE MUSEUM JOURNAL.

    – Viera, A.,Villeneuve, P., (2021) Engaging Communities With Supported Interpretation: A Step-by-Step Guide to Developing Visitor-Centered Exhibitions Using the SI Model 
    DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-7426-3.ch002