Penn State School of Visual Arts appoints new director

April 19, 2010

University Park, Pa. -- Graeme Sullivan, professor of art education at Teachers College, Columbia University, has been appointed director of the Penn State School of Visual Arts, effective Aug. 1. Former chair of the Department of Arts and Humanities at Teachers College, Sullivan has received a number of national honors, including the 2007 Lowenfeld Award for his contribution to the art education profession and the Manual Barkan Memorial Award from the National Art Education Association, in recognition of his scholarly writing.

Sullivan holds a doctorate and master of arts degree from Ohio State University and taught at the University of New South Wales, Australia, from 1988 until he joined the Teachers College faculty in 1999. His research involves an investigation of the thinking and making processes and practices used in visual arts. He described his ideas in his groundbreaking book, "Art Practice as Research: Inquiry in the Visual Arts" (2005), which underwent a major update and revision in a new edition published in early 2010. Sullivan also is the author of "Seeing Australia: Views of Artists and Artwriters," as well as numerous book chapters and refereed publications.

“Graeme Sullivan is a nationally known art educator recognized not only for his scholarly and administrative experience, but also his work as a practicing artist,” said Barbara Korner, dean of the College of Arts and Architecture at Penn State. “His widespread experience in academia, professional service and the art world will make him an excellent director of the School of Visual Arts.”

Since the early 1990s, Sullivan has been creating “Streetworks,” made of found materials and conceived, constructed and confined to specific sites. He uses materials picked up from the streets to create art installations in subway stations, abandoned buildings, parks, bridges and other locations in cities around the world, including New York, Boston, Tokyo, Venice, Beijing and Sydney. Sullivan currently is participating in an exhibition, Art is Me, Art is You, at the Korean Cultural Center in Los Angeles, Calif., which includes a public art walk performance where the artists ‘wear’ their artwork as a gesture towards the origins of art as a personal and public experience.

His record of professional service includes editor positions with Studies in Art Education and Australian Art Education, and as editorial board member and consultant to the International Journal of Art & Design Education (United Kingdom) and the International Journal of Education and the Arts. He is a member of the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, American Educational Research Association, University Council for Art Education and International Society for Education Through Art. He was conferred life membership in the Australian Institute of Art Education in 1997.

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