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Tom Anderson

Published January 1, 2010

Tom Anderson
Emeritus Professor
Director of the Art Education Doctoral Program
Department of Art Education
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Tom Anderson, Ph.D. began working for the Department of Art Education at Florida State University in 1982, after teaching in the public schools in Oregon and working as a commercial artist in Chicago. The longest serving member of the Department, Tom’s long-term interests are art criticism and the theory of art, the social foundations of art and education, and how art and education can contribute to social justice and environmental sustainability.

Research Areas

Aesthetics and art criticism; social foundations of art and education; ethnographic, critically grounded, and philosophical research methods; visual culture art education.

Select Scholarly/Creative Works & Awards

  • Anderson, T. & Milbrandt, M. (2005). Art for Life: McGraw-Hill.
  • Korean translation (2007), McGraw-Hill Korea, Kim Jeung-hee lead translator.
  • Chinese translation (2009), Hunan Art Press, Liu Nan and Ru Majing, translators.
  • Anderson, T., Gussak, D., Hallmark, K., & Paul, A. (Eds.), (2010). Art Education for Social Justice. National Art Education Association.
  • Anderson, T. (2000). Real Lives: Art Teachers and the Cultures of School, Heinemann.
  • Anderson, T. & Suominen Guyas, A. 2011. Earth Education, Interbeing, and Deep Ecology. Studies in Art Education.
  • Anderson, T. 2004, Why and How We Make Art with Implications for Art Education. Arts Education Policy Review, 105(5), 31-38.