Bookmark and Share

KU Dominates Awards at Art Education Conference

Fountain, Nordlund receive faculty awards

October 9, 2012

KUTZTOWN, Pa. - At this past weekend's Pennsylvania Art Education Association's (PAEA) annual fall conference in Harrisburg, Kutztown University's faculty and alumnae won eight of ten awards. Additionally, a KU senior art education major received the PAEA scholarship.

Two KU faculty members received awards:

Dr. Heather Fountain Dr. Carrie Nordlund
Fountain Nordlund

Dr. Heather Fountain, associate professor of art education and chair of the undergraduate art education program, is PAEA's 2012 Outstanding Specials Needs Art Educator . She focuses on designing arts and education programs to provide students of many abilities equitable access to learning. (full release)

Dr. Carrie Nordlund, assistant professor of art education and avid scholar, received the Outstanding Higher Education Art Educator award. She has recently published the following: "Activist Art and Pedagogy: The Dinner Party Curriculum Project," "An Invitation to Social Justice: Sixteen Principles for Teaching Art" and "Teaching Art as Reflective Craft."

Additionally, several KU alumnae were honored:

Lisbeth Bucci '97, the PAEA's 2012 Outstanding Region Representative, received her B.S. in art education from Kutztown University. Bucci, who recently retired as a visual arts educator from Garnet Valley High School in Glen Mills, PA, is currently a PAEA board member. She has begun and continued initiatives for regional events and developed informative sessions for new and pre-service art teachers.

Melissa Gallagher, '79 and '84, earned a B.S. and M.Ed. in art education from KU and is the PAEA's Outstanding Educator of the Year. She serves as a board member for the PAEA and is co-chair of the 2012 PAEA annual conference. Gallagher is chair of the art department at Carlisle High School in the Carlisle Area School District.

Concetta Mattioni '98 received the award for Outstanding Secondary Art Educator. Mattioni, who currently teaches at Penncrest High School in the Rose Tree Media School District, encourages her students to explore different artistic mediums.

Wendy Sweigart '90 has been named the PAEA 2012 Outstanding Museum Art Educator. Sweigart, who received her B.S. in art education from Kutztown University, is the director of outreach education for the Susquehanna Art Museum in Harrisburg, Pa. Sweigart has also served as the curator for the Pennsylvania Department of Education galleries and as a conference chairperson, regional representative, mini-conference coordinator and judge for the PAEA.

Kutztown University alum Jackie Thomas '71 received the Outstanding Retired Art Educator award. Jackie, who received her B.S. and M.Ed. in art education from KU, served as an arts educator during an illustrious career as a teacher, department chair, principal, acting superintendent and assistant superintendent for the Williamsport Area School District. Thomas, author of several publications about art education, is also a practicing artist who exhibits her work in fibers across Pennsylvania.

Kristen Tuerk, '84, '94 and '09, earned her B.S., B.F.A. and M.Ed. from Kutztown University and is the PAEA's Outstanding Middle Level Art Educator for 2012. Tuerk currently teaches at the Kutztown Middle School in the Kutztown Area School District. Tuerk currently teaches at the Kutztown Middle School in the Kutztown Area School District, where she is well known in the community and organizes numerous events where middle school students, college students and community members can interact. In addition to collaborating outside the classroom with community members, she is an active participant in events as owner and operator of the "Kristen Tuerk Creative Arts Institute and Custom Picture Frame Shop."

KU Art Education major Mary Kate Bergh rounds out the honorees. She received the 2012 PAEA Fellows Clyde M. McGeary Scholarship. The scholarship recognizes Bergh's academic excellence, personal artistic production, student leadership and attendance at PAEA activities.