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Board of Directors


(Term: 2013-2015)
Mr. Dennis Inhulsen
Patterson Elementary School
3231 Grange Hall
Holly, MI  48442

Why Art Matters:
"Because artists lived & live everywhere!" —DI

(Term: 2013-2015)
Dr. F. Robert Sabol 
Professor of Visual and Performing Arts
Purdue University
Pao Hall, 552 W. Wood Street
West Lafayette, IN  47907 

Why Art Matters: "Art is the first universal language. All cultures and civilizations have created an artistic record. Art allows people to communicate across time and space. Art education teaches us how to understand and use this language in our dialog with the rest of humanity as we explore who we are or strive to be."—FRS

(Term: 2013-2015)
Patricia (Pat) Franklin
Supervisor of Fine Arts
Newport News Public Schools
12465 Warwick Boulevard
Newport News, VA 23606

Why Art Matters: "Art matters because through the visual arts we can connect to the past, make sense of the present, and visualize the future." —PF



Regional Vice President
Patrick Fahey
(Term: 2014-2016)
Associate Professor of Art Education
Colorado State University
D102G Visual Arts Building
Fort Collins, CO  80523


15Division Director
Angela Fischer
(Term: 2013-2015)
Omaha Public Schools Art Supervisor
3215 Cuming Street
Omaha, NE 68131


ReeveExecutive Director
Dr. Deborah B. Reeve
National Art Education Association
1806 Robert Fulton Drive, Suite 300
Reston, VA 20191

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 Eastern Region


Peter Geisser
(Term: 2014-2016)
Special Needs Art Educator
19 Philmont Avenue
Cranston, RI 02910

Why Art Matters: “Art” in American Sign Language is the sign for idea (letter “i” off the top of your head) drawn across the sign for things/matter (open palm). The Deaf have taught me that Art Matters because it is how our ideas become the things of the visual world. Art is how we connect those things within us to the designs of all we make."—PG


June Krinsky-Rudder
(Term: 2014-2016)
Secondary Art Educator
176 Everett St.
East Boston, MA 02128-2269

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Pacific Region


Patrick Fahey
(Term: 2014-2016)
Associate Professor of Art Education
Colorado State University
D102G Visual Arts Building
Fort Collins, CO  80523

Why Art Matters: "Art brings us to the original; to what is essential. More than problem solving, art allows us to create our own problems and then seek solutions. Art allows us to be intimate with materials; to touch, play, smell, and explore what they are; to understand what they are capable of communicating. Art allows us to play; to engage in a process that leads us to come up with ideas to further investigate. Art encourages us to tell our stories; to let other people know what is important to us. In short, art provides a way for us to share who we are; art lets us be whole! That is why art matters."—PF


Cris Guenter
(Term: 2014-2016)
Professor of Education/Graduate Coordinator, School of Education, California State University
3 Noyo Court
Chico, CA 95973

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Southeastern Region


Debi West
(Term: 2014-2016)
Visual Arts Coordinator
113 Abbey Pointe Way
Suwanee, GA  30024

Why Art Matters: "ART matters because OUR CHILDREN MATTER!
…they need to communicate creatively and divergently in environments that encourage problem-solving skills! …they must be able to apply their knowledge to real-world applications through their “Heads,” their “Hands,” and most importantly, their “Hearts”! …they must desire to stay in school… to learn… to express themselves… to care! …they need to understand that ART documents our past, our future, and perhaps most importantly, OUR NOW!"


W. Scott Russell
(Term: 2014-2016)
Elementary Art Educator
101 B Prosperity Ave. SE
Leesburg, VA 20175-4145

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Western Region


Elizabeth Harris Willett
(Term: 2014-2016)
Art Specialist
Southwest High School
4100 Alta Mesa Boulevard
Fort Worth, TX 76134
Cell: 682-229-4164

Why Art Matters: "Art matters because people matter. A visual arts education expands our capacity to learn, create, and understand ourselves. Through art, our world view is challenged and reborn. To create is the highest intellectual capacity that all people possess. Art education matters because it helps all of us reach our fullest potential."—LM


Cindy Todd
(Term: 2014-2016)
Professor/Art Education Program Chair, Kendall College of Art & Design, Ferris State University
6222 Egypt Valley Ct. Ne
Ada, MI 49301

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Nancy Walkup
(Term: 2013-2015)
2223 Parkside Drive
Denton, TX 76201
Fax: 940-369-4936

Why Art Matters: "Because art is a universal language “spoken” by people throughout time and place, art matters. Because art encourages us to create, play, invent, and solve problems, art matters. Because art makes a difference in people’s lives, art matters. Never underestimate the power of art. Art matters."—NW

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Thomas Knab
(Term: 2013-2015)
388 Summer Street #1
Buffalo, NY 14213

Why Art Matters: "Art gives legs to our imagination, a face to our beliefs. Art gives body to the stories we share, and reaches out its arms to all who view it. Art gives eyes to our souls, heart to our cultures. Art is always a self-portrait of the artist…the discovery of what it means to be human."—TK

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Middle Level


Kimberly Cairy
(Term: 2013-2015)
P.O. Box 239
Freeland, MI 48623
Cell: 989-751-6402

Why Art Matters: "Art Matters. Art allows you the opportunity to give of yourself. Art lives in everyone, providing you a creative voice, giving  you opportunities to share who you are, and allowing you to bring beauty into the world. Yet, what art gives is even more powerful. From the crayon stick figure on your refrigerator to Da Vinci’s The Last Supper, art draws at your emotions, provides you comfort, inspires you in unimaginable ways, and is there for you when you need it most. Yes, art matters."—KC

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September Buys
(Term: 2013-2015)
Art and Creativity Educator
Greenville Middle School
1321 Chase Road
Greenville, MI 48838
616-225-1000 x8364

Why Art Matters: "Art matters because it teaches us how to fully engage with the world around us. It challenges us to explore new perspectives and possibilities. An art education provides the foundation for a rich and vibrant life."—SB

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James M. Rees
(Term: 2013-2015)
3527 Fairway Circle
Spanish Fork, UT 84660

Why Art Matters: "Why does art matter? Art can affect and transform our consciousness. It stretches students' minds in a setting that otherwise may be overly constraining. It causes students to pause and reflect upon their world within, as well as the world around them. It expands the curtain of their performance beyond their own experience to connect to others—their cultures, perspectives, and experiences. It is integral to the true depth of living we need our students to experience, which doesn't happen by merely being alive."—JR

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Secondary Division - Selections from High School Showcases and Awards Programs


Andrea Haas 
(Term: 2013-2015)
Wethersfield High School
411 Wolcott Hill Road
Wethersfield, CT 06109
860-571-8200 x645
Fax: 860-571-8240

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Angie Fischer
(Term: 2013-2015)
Omaha Public Schools Art Supervisor
3215 Cuming Street
Omaha, NE 68131
Fax: 402-557-2489

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Cheryl Maney 
(Term: 2013-2015)
Visual Arts Supervisor
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
700 East Stonewall Street, Suite 506
Charlotte, NC 28202
Fax: 980-343-5011

Why Art Matters: "Art is a visual recording of humanity… our thoughts, feelings, moments in time. Art is an integral part of how we experience this world. We can go through life without art education, but why? Why would you not want to experience and appreciate life to the fullest? Art matters because we matter."—CM

Higher Education


Flávia Bastos
(Term: 2013-2015)
Associate Professor in Art Education, School of Art/Art Education
College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning
University of Cincinnati
P.O. Box 210016
Cincinnati, OH, 45221-0016
Fax: 513-556-2887

Why Art Matters: "Art is a short and powerful word. I believe strongly that art matters because it reaffirms our human capacity to turn ideas into reality. In doing so, art is a catalyst for change—personal and/or societal. Art is needed so that we can act upon the world to make it better."—FB

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Sara Wilson McKay 
(Term: 2013-2015)
Chair & Associate Professor
Department of Art Education
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Arts
P.O. Box 843084
812 West Franklin Street
Richmond, VA 23284
Fax: 804-827-0255

Why Art Matters: "Works of art create new seeing. They help us imagine something else to be. Art requires an exchange of perspectives and encourages democratic engagement that can lead to social change. In short, art challenges us to be critical active participants in life—because in art we find each other and ourselves; we find joy, struggle, connection, mindfulness, and hope."—SWM

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Jacqueline Terrassa
(Term: 2013-2015)
30 East End Avenue Apt 7D
New York, NY 10028

"Art matters because when we create, we ask, “What if?”—we imagine new possibilities and give shape to experience.  Art matters because when we see works made by others, we look from different vantage points, discover how cultures change and meet, and reframe our understanding of our own place in the world."—JT

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Emily Holtrop
(Term: 2013-2015)
Director of Learning and Interpretation
Cincinnati Art Museum
953 Eden Park Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Fax: 513-721-0129

Why Art Matters: "Why does Art Matter? Art Matters because it tells us where we have been, where we are, and where we can strive to be. Art is all around us—from our morning cereal bowl to the clothes we wear and the advertisements we pass on our way to work. Art is in the everyday and the everything. Art Matters, because Art is our Story."—EH




Carla Majczan
(Term: 2014-2015)
1434 Butz Rd., Apt. 7
Breinigsville, PA 18031

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Amanda Barbee
(Term: 2014-2015)
3309 B Robinson Ave.
Austin, TX  78722


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