Karen Keifer-Boyd, Ph.D., is professor of art education and women's, gender, and sexuality studies at The Pennsylvania State University. She is the 2015 Outstanding Research Awardee from the National Art Education Association (NAEA) Art Education and Technology Issue Group, the NAEA Distinguished Fellow Class of 2013, the United States Society of Art Education’s 2013 Ziegfeld Awardee, the 2012 Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Gender Studies at Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, Austria, Fulbright awardee for arts education research in Finland in 2006, and the NAEA Pacific Region Supervisor/Administrator of the Year Award in 1994 for developing culturally-responsive arts programs. She co-founded the journal Visual Culture & Gender in 2005. Her writings on feminist pedagogy, visual culture, inclusion, cyberart activism, transcultural dialogues, action research, social justice arts-based research, and identity are in more than 50 peer-reviewed research publications, and translated into several languages. She co-authored Including Difference (NAEA, 2013); InCITE, InSIGHT, InSITE (NAEA, 2008); Engaging Visual Culture (Davis, 2007); co-edited Real-World Readings in Art Education (Falmer, 2000).
Ann Holt, Ph.D., holds a B.F.A. in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute and an M.A. in art education from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. She is Executive Director of Have Art Will Travel! Inc. for gender justice. She also serves as a Visiting Professor at Pratt Institute and at Adelphi University. Holt completed her doctoral work in art education with a minor in women’s, gender and sexuality studies at Penn State University.Her dissertation titled "User Experience with Archives and Feminist Teaching Conversations with the Judy Chicago Art Education Collection" explores a feminist transdisciplinary orientation to the Judy Chicago Art Education Collection housed at Penn State and broadens understanding about engaging and encountering art education archival records. Holt sees archives as social spaces for experiential pedagogy, feminist scholarship, and activism, and her work with archives seeks to expand on notions of using archivalmaterials as both forms of information and things to experience. She also co-authored “Archiving a Living Curriculum: Judy Chicago, Through the Flower, and The Dinner Party” (2013) as well as presented and published her research on access, communication and pedagogy with art education archives in the Society of American Archives Research Forum (2010).
John Cloud Kaiser
John Cloud Kaiser's work reminds you that you are an artist. Through his position as Director of Education at Materials For The Arts, and his work with his art group Free Style Arts Association, he has been doing participation-based art in the schools, streets, and museums of New York City since 2000, appearing everywhere from P.S. 1 MoMA, to the NY Parks Dept., to The New York Times. The emphasis of his work involves giving people creative participatory experiences with art, empowering the public as confident and empathetic communicators and interpreters.
Kaiser has a Masters from NYU in Art Education and has worked as a full time teaching artist since 2003 organizing hundreds of Contemporary Art projects at New York and New Jersey public schools. He teaches art teachers through professional development programs, shows his work in museums, and lectures on his education approaches at conferences.
Aurora Robson is a multi-media artist known predominantly for her large scale work intercepting the waste stream. Her practice is about subjugating negativity and shifting trajectories. Her work is formally based on recurring nightmares she had as a child. She was born in Toronto in 1972 and grew up in Maui, HI. After over 2 decades living and working in NYC she recently moved to the Hudson Valley. Robson holds a double major (B.A.) in visual arts and art history from Columbia University. Her work has been in Sculpture Magazine, Art in America, WIRED, Art & Antiques, the cover of Green Building + Design and included in many other publications. A recipient of the Pollock Krasner Grant, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in sculpture, a TED/Lincoln Re-Imagine Prize and numerous other grants and awards, Robson is the founding artist of Project Vortex, an international collective of artists, designers and architects who also work with plastic debris. Robson is currently developing and implementing a course called "Sculpture + Intercepting the Waste Stream”. Her course is designed to foster creative stewardship in academic institutions. For more information see her TEDx talk entitled Trash + Love.
Anu Androneth Sieunarine
Anu Androneth Sieunarine earned a Diploma of Education from Valsayn Teachers College in Trinidad, BA in Studio Art (Painting and Drawing), MA in Art Education/Art Teacher from Brooklyn College and the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, and a Doctorate in Art Education from Columbia University. Androneth has published articles on: Studio Spaces, Unfinished Art and Hopper, Differentiation- Advocating for the Lucy Learner; Artistic Development and the Children of Abetenim, The Enigma of Portraits at the Queens Museum, Pop Portraits and Oscar Wilde and Creating Experiential Learning Communities-John Dewey to name a few. Recently, in the summer of 2016 she was one of twelve Arts Educators to be awarded the Brooke Astor International Fellowship, which took her to Sydney and Melbourne, Australia to learn about Education and the Arts ‘Down Under’. Androneth is currently a volunteer at the Rubin Museum of Art in NYC, the Art Coordinator and Curator for NYCATA/UFT (New York City Art Teachers Association, United Federation of Teachers). She is an Artist, Educator, Cultural Researcher and a true advocate for the Arts who teaches Studio Art and Art History in New York City Public schools and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Brooklyn College where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Teaching the Creative Arts and Art Education.