Arts Academic Advisory Committee
Pamela Paulson is senior director of policy for the Perpich Center for Arts Education (PCAE), a Minnesota state agency. She is one of the founding directors of PCAE, which was created by the Minnesota Legislature in 1985. There are three primary areas of PCAE: a residential arts high school that has a disciplinary and interdisciplinary focus, a state library, and professional development & research programs. Paulson is responsible for legislative relations, connections with national arts and education organizations, supervision of the statewide PCAE library and education policy issues. Currently, she is on the board of directors of the State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education (SEADAE). Paulson is a past president of the Minnesota Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development and formerly served as president of the National Dance Education Organization. Prior to her work at PCAE, Paulson created and directed the dance program at Apple Valley High School and taught for seven years at Augsburg College.Back to Top
Andrea Feeser received a B.A. from Williams College in 1984, with a double major in history and art history. In 1996 she received a Ph.D. in modern and contemporary art history, theory and criticism from the City University of New York Graduate Center. Jack Flam and Linda Nochlin supervised her dissertation on Picasso's art and politics from 1942-1962. Feeser has taught courses at Purchase College, State University of New York, at California State University, East Bay and at the California College of Arts and Crafts. She was assistant and associate professor of art history at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa from 1996-2002, and is currently associate professor of art history at Clemson University. Feeser has published widely on modern and contemporary art and visual culture, and is the editor for the Parlor Press book series, Aesthetic Critical Inquiry. In 1998 Feeser and artist Gaye Chan founded DownWind Productions — a collaborative of activists, artists and educators — to explore the past and present effects of colonialism and capitalism in Waikiki. DownWind Productions distributes information through the public art project Historic Waikiki, and the book Waikiki: A History of Forgetting and Remembering (University of Hawaii Press, 2006). Historic Waikiki was featured in the 2004 New York Asia Society exhibition Paradise Now? Contemporary Art from the Pacific. Feeser is currently working on a book that examines the material and cultural history of indigo in eighteenth-century South Carolina and England.Back to Top
Virginia D. José joined the faculty at South Bronx Preparatory (SBP) in 2005 as the school's first art educator. Since then, she has been a key figure in the development of the visual arts program through ongoing collaborative planning and exposure of her students to rigor in art education — including the establishment of an AP® Studio Art: 2-D Design curriculum. Her courses include studio art, art history, and AP Studio Art: 2-D Design. Known for implementing heavy literacy components into her lessons, José seeks to assist students in building a strong visual, written and verbal vocabulary in the visual arts. In her work as an educator, she also encourages her students to explore self-inquiry and critical thinking about the artistic process. SBP is a small school for grades 6-12, whose mission is to facilitate learning so that all students can master the challenges of a rigorous curriculum that will guide them to college entrance and success.
José has also presented at the Advanced Placement National Conference, where she and her colleagues have discussed addressing the needs of inner city AP students. José received her B.F.A. in illustration and her M.A. (2004) in art education from Parsons School of Design and New York University, respectively. As an artist, José continues to freelance as an illustrator and exhibits her work in various spaces from galleries to local businesses across the United States. She has been featured in such publications as FOAM Magazine and the Daily News.Back to Top
Robin Lithgow is the elementary arts coordinator for the LAUSD where she works to implement dance, theatre, music and visual arts education into the core curriculum of all LAUSD schools, to build a substantive and sequential K–12 foundation in the arts.Back to Top
Marilyn Proctor-Givens received a B.F.A. in Graphic Design and her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in Art Education at Florida State University. A National Board Certified teacher, she has been an art educator at Lincoln High School for 25 years. She continues to provide diverse avenues for art students in Drawing 2, Sculpture 2, Digital Design I/II/III/IV, AP Studio Drawing: 2-D Design and 3-D Design courses. In her innovative art curriculum, students use their talents to create works of art while developing entrepreneurial skills to use at school and in the local community. Proctor-Givens has also served as a reader for the AP Exam in Studio Art. A practicing artist, she has exhibited her work locally and recently had a sculptural work published in the Lark Book 500 Series on raku.Back to Top
Teresa Reed received her Ph.D. in music theory, music history and literature, and African American studies from Indiana University. A faculty member of the University of Tulsa music department since 1994, Reed has been a Reader for the Graduate Record Examination in Music Theory and for the AP Exam in Music Theory. She also served on the Test Development Committee for the Major Field Test in Music and, since 2009, as the Chief Reader for the AP Exam in Music Theory.
Reed has lectured widely on various aspects of African American music, ranging from the spiritual to hip-hop. Her book, The Holy Profane: Religion in Black Popular Music received favorable reviews and citations in several national publications, including Publisher's Weekly, Choice and Vibe Magazine. The Holy Profane was a 2004 winner of the Association for Recorded Sound Collections' Excellence Award. She has published articles and reviews in the Journal of Religious Thought, Popular Music and Society and the British Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, and is a contributing author to Black Women and Music: More than the Blues (University of Illinois Press, 2007). Reed was named one of 10 standout scholars in the January 13, 2005, issue of Black Issues in Higher Education. She currently resides in Tulsa.Back to Top
Craig Welle supervises fine arts, physical education, library media services, instructional technology, JROTC, languages other than English and out-of-school time enrichment programs in the Dallas Independent School District. From 2005-2007, he served as Dallas ISD Fine Arts Director. Prior to working in Dallas, Welle was Music Supervisor for the Spring Branch school district in Houston from 1990-2005, and before that taught choir, band and general music for 14 years. He earned his B.M.E. from Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, an M.A. in Music Education from the University of Iowa, and Mid-Management Educator Certification through the University of St. Thomas in Houston. Welle is currently president of the Southwestern Division of MENC, the National Association for Music Education, and will serve on the National Executive Board through June 2011 and from July 2012-June 2013. As president of the Texas Music Educators Conference from 2002-04, Welle led the effort to establish the biennial MENC Southwestern Division Symposium for Music Education in Urban and Rural Schools and served as Conference Chair from 2003-07. Welle has served on the Texas board of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD). He was elected to the National ASCD Board in 1998 for a four-year term, and served on the Local Arrangements Committee for the 2002 ASCD National Conference in San Antonio.Back to Top
Jon Winet is a New Media artist, researcher and educator. Since 2002, he has served as head of the Intermedia Program in the School of Art and Art History at the University of Iowa. In 2006 he was appointed director of the Experimental Wing of the University of Iowa Virtual Writing University. He is also a member of the faculty of International Programs. He currently directs the University of Iowa UNESCO City of Literature Mobile Application Development Team, an interdisciplinary public digital humanities research initiative. In October 2010 the team launched "City of Lit," an app for Apple mobile devices. He is also in preproduction on "First in the Nation," a New Media project on the run-up to the 2012 U.S. Presidential Election Iowa Caucuses. In 2007, he received the University of Iowa’s President's Award for State Outreach and Public Engagement.Back to Top