PAEA Outstanding Regional Representative: Kristin Baxter Ed.D.
Kristin Baxter is the PAEA Region 10 Representative and Co-Chair of this 2013 PAEA Annual Conference. She is an Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Art Education Program at Moravian College in Bethlehem. Kristin has salient memories of growing up in Queens, NY: the crunching sound of leaves beneath her feet as she walked to her public elementary school, wearing tube tops, roller skating, playing Atari, and disco dancing. Middle school and high school in Mahwah, NJ, were filled with memories of long school bus rides, Smurfs, Latin class, and MTV. One of Kristin’s scholarly interests is the ways in which such visceral memories hinge to objects and images, particularly family snapshots. Before teaching at Moravian, she taught art to children in museums and schools in the Bronx, Cleveland, Indianapolis, and New Jersey. She continues to engage children in art making experiences through supervising a summer art camp at Moravian College, and after school art workshops at Saucon Valley Elementary School in Hellertown. She also works as the art merit badge counselor for the Boy Scouts of America and serves as a Girl Scout troop leader. She currently lives with her two children, Tommy, 14, and Lena, 11, in a townhouse filled with different objects and images: Xbox controllers, rainbow looms, Littlest Pet Shop pets, Kindles, yoga mats, bicycles, and iPads. This culture continues to reflect and shape her life experiences.
• B.A. in Liberal Arts from New York University, Gallatin School of Individualized Study (1993).
• M.A. in Art History & Museum Studies from Case Western Reserve University in collaboration with the Cleveland Museum of Art (1995)
• Ed.D. in Art & Art Education from Teachers College, Columbia University (2005), under the mentorship of Graeme Sullivan & Judith M. Burton.
• Her dissertation, Recollections of Family Photographs from Five Generations: The Role of Narrative and Reflexivity in Organizing Experience, explores the role of snapshots within a Constructivist framework of Art Education Curriculum design.
• Kristin has had work published in numerous journals, including Art Education, International Journal of Art and Design Education and School Arts. She is on the Editorial Review Board of Art Education.
• Kristin works with various art mediums, such as knitting, bronze casting, and encaustics. The common element in these disparate materials is the exploration of how experience is shaped by surroundings.
PAEA Outstanding Friend to Art Education: Ronald R. Cowell J.D.
Ronald R. Cowell is currently the President and Founder of the Education Policy and Leadership Center. Ronald founded the Arts and Education Initiative and the Pennsylvania Arts Education Network through The Education Policy and Leadership Center. He has convened art educators, administrators, artists, advocates, and community members through Arts in Education Regional Community Forums all across Pennsylvania and at annual statewide Arts and Education Symposiums that have been held at the State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg. These events have been crucial for building a network of arts education supporters and creating a dialogue about the relevance and potential for public policy in supporting arts education. Erin Gough said, “He understands and feels passionately that an arts education is vital to the holistic education of all Pennsylvania students. He has worked hard to convey this idea to leaders and experts across the state so that they can learn about the policy challenges that arts education providers face, and what can be done to support policies that provide more equitable and quality arts opportunities for Pennsylvania’s students.”
• Bachelors. University of Pittsburgh
• Juris Doctorate, Widener University Law School
• Member of the House of Representatives for 24 years
• Served as the majority and minority chair of the House committee for 12 years
• Served as a Member of the State Board of Education – 12 years
• Served as a board member for PHEAA – 20 years
• Member of the Board of Visitors for the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Education
• Serves on the board of directors of Communities in Schools – Pennsylvania
• Advisory Board for the Office of Child Development at the University of Pittsburgh
PAEA Outstanding Secondary Art Educator: Robin C. Brewer
Robin C. Brewer teaches at Garnet Valley High School in the Garnet Valley School District. Robin goes above and beyond what is required of her, serving on the PAEA Executive Board, and as the 6–12 Visual Art Liaison of Curriculum for the Garnet Valley School District. Robin opens both her heart and classroom to her students. “I have witnessed, weekly and over years, her patience and talents shared during class time but more often during her prep time, as she worked with students who have benefited and enjoyed the arts from her gift of time and talent,” said Lisbeth Bucci. Barbara Robinson said, “I have been most impressed by Robin’s professionalism, love of art, and strong sense of personal commitment. Perhaps Robin’s most singular attribute, among her many strong characteristics is her willingness to always do the best job, no matter how difficult the challenge.”
• Master of Fine Arts, Studio Art Candidate (Anticipated 2014)
• Master of Science in Education, Wilkes University
• Heron School of Art, IUPUI – Art Education Certification
• B.F.A. in Photography, University of Hawaii
• Northeast Missouri State University, Studies in Visual Communications
• PAEA Board Member, Co–Representative for Region 12, 2010 – Present
• Artist/Exhibitor of Personal Work in numerous shows
• Presenter at numerous PAEA Conferences
PAEA Outstanding Higher Art Educator: Barbara P. Suplee Ph.D.
Dr. Barbara P. Suplee is currently a Professor of Art Education at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She has had an extensive history of involvement with both the NAEA and PAEA, presenting at state and national conferences. She was recognized in 2003 by the Pennsylvania Art Education Association as the Pennsylvania Outstanding Art Educator of the Year. Dr. Suplee has also served on the Review Panel for the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, with the Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership for the past three years. “Dr. Barbara Suplee is an extraordinary teacher, mentor, and learner who passionately brings curiosity, positivity, and flexibility to her work in the classroom everyday,” said Randy Granger.
•Ph.D. Art Education with Philosophy Minor, Pennsylvania State University
• M.Ed. Art Education, Studio Cognate: Photography, Temple University
• B.F.A. in Painting and Drawing, West Chester University, Pennsylvania
• The Barnes Foundation, Merion, PA: 1st and 2nd Year classes, Seminar and Research Class
• Presenter at numerous PAEA Annual Conferences
• Presenter at numerous NAEA Annual Conferences
• Recipient of Pennsylvania Outstanding Art Educator in 2002
• Co–Chair of two PAEA Conferences, 1994 and 2003
• Served on the PAEA Board, 2002 – 2007
• Co–Chair, “Women in History Exhibition,” Gifts Gallery, Department of Art + Design, University of the Arts, 2013
PAEA Outstanding Non-Public School Educator: Randy Granger
Randy Granger is an Instructor of Art and Design for students in grades 10–12 and the archive assistant and researcher at William Penn Charter School. In addition to his contributions in the classroom, Randy is also very active in the PAEA. He was a 2012 Keynote Speaker at the Annual PAEA Conference on Design Education in Harrisburg, where he presented Teaching and Learning through Design: Fail Fast, Reserve Judgment, and No Negative Predictions! He has presented at many additional PAEA Conferences. In 2005 Randy received the Pennsylvania Art Educator of the Year Award. Randy has also served as treasurer and president on the PAEA Executive Board. Randy has served as a mentor to many students. Jennifer Baker stated, “Randy was the first teacher who taught me (without words) the transformative power of an intentionally designed learning space. I knew from the moment I stepped into his classroom, that I had met a master teacher: someone from whom I would learn from for a very long time.”
Randy continues to help educate future leaders. Earl Ball, a faculty member at the Graduate School at the University of Pennsylvania stated, “I call on Randy every year to do a workshop on design thinking with our students. In that way, he helps to influence people who will be assuming leadership roles in schools.”
• 1965: Philadelphia Museum College of Art, Pre–college Professional Program (Studio Arts)
• 1966–1970: Philadelphia College of Art, B.F.A. and Art Education
• 1973–1974: New York University, Graduate Program in Fine Arts
• Attended The University of the Arts, Professional Institute for Educators
• 2004: American Council on Education (ACE) Graduate Credit for National Board Certification
• 2005–2006: Center for Collaborative Education, National Disney Teacher Awards Professional Development Institute
• 2005 – Recipient of Pennsylvania Outstanding Art Educator of the Year Award
• Served on the PAEA Board as Treasurer and President
• 2010: The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards; Pennsylvania’s First National Board Certified Teacher (EAYA/Art) to meet National Board Standards for Certificate Renewal
PAEA Outstanding Art Educator of the Year: Lynne Horoschak
Lynne Horoschak is the Program Manager of the MA in Art Education with an Emphasis in Special Populations at Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia. This one–of–a–kind program was launched in 2009 and will continue as a hybrid Online + On–Campus through summer 2014. The Graduate Program sponsors an annual Art and Special Education Symposium, which features nationally known keynote speakers on relevant and current topics and provides the opportunity for art educators and all people who care for people with disabilities to share challenges and successes.
Lynne taught art in the School District of Philadelphia for 36 years before being appointed Chair of Art Education at Moore and subsequently the Manager of the Graduate Program. Recently, Lynne received the Outstanding Pennsylvania Higher Education Art Educator Award, the Picasso Award from the Public Citizens for Children and Youth, and the Bob and Penny Fox Distinguish Professor Award from Moore College of Art & Design. She is president of the Special Needs Art Education (SNAE) issues group of the National Art Education Association and has presented nationally and regionally. In 2012, Lynne co–authored a White Paper with Beverly Levitt Gerber entitled An Attack on the Tower of Babel: Creating a National Arts/Special Education Resource Center for The Intersection of Arts Education and Special Education.
• Masters Degree in Art Education plus sixty credits earned from Temple University, The University for the Arts and The University of Alaska, 1991
• Masters Degree in Art Education, Temple University, 1980
• Bachelor of Science, Moore College of Art & Design, 1966
• Art Teacher in the Philadelphia Public School District, 1966 – 2002
• Professor and Chair of Art Education at Moore College of Art & Design, 2003 – 2009
• Presenter of numerous session at PAEA & NAEA Conferences
• President–elect of NAEA Special Needs Art Education, 2011 – 2012 & President 2013 – 2014
• Arts in Special Education representative for PAEA, 2009 – 2013