March 26th through 28th the National Art Education Association held its annual conference. This year’s conference, the theme of which was The Art of Design: Form, Function, and the Future of Visual Arts Education took place in New Orleans. Attendees were able to participate in workshops, panels, and seminars as well as visit the many exhibitor booths featuring state of the art education materials. Dr. Sara Scott Shields presented with doctoral student Victoria Eudy. Her presentation, titled Rebellious Research: Moving the Margins in Art Education Research Design, discussed non-traditional methods of qualitative data collection and analysis.
This year there was also a special FSU reception in honor of Dr. Tom Anderson organized by doctoral student Cindy Jessup.
The reception honoring Dr. Tom Anderson at Ariodante Contemporary Gallery in New Orlean’s Art District was a hit! We had around a 150 alumni, art educators and guests from around the world at the well attended event organized by a graduate assistant. Midway through the evening Dr. Gussak welcomed the everyone then Tom spoke from the heart about his experience at FSU and his desire that art educators continue to address social justice through the arts. -Cindy Jessup
Jennifer Hamrock summarized her experience at this year’s conference:
We all had a wonderful time in New Orleans! Conferences are always opportunities to catch up with friends in other parts of the country – we even had a former visiting scholar, Po, come back from China! Many from our FSU Art Education department presented some amazing stuff – Victoria Eudy, Sara Scott Shields, Jeff Broome, Anne Love, and Pat Villeneuve. Though we all were busy trying to take all the presentations in, a fabulous night was had by all at the FSU reception at the Ariodante Gallery, organized by Cindy Jesup, honoring professor Tom Anderson, who is retiring at the end of this year. It was apparent how many lives were inspired by Tom with the turn out at the reception. Great time, and we all, I think, are already thinking about next year in Chicago!