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Olivia Gude’s research focuses on developing new paradigms and new projects for art education in schools. Gude is a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago and is an award-winning artist for her murals and mosaics created in collaboration with intergenerational groups. Her current participatory artmaking explores the social practice of art education in which teachers playfully push back the conventional parameters that constrain them as educators and as artists. In 2014 Olivia Gude was awarded the National Art Education Association’s “art education article of the year” Manuel Barkan Award for New School Art Styles: the Project of Art Education. Gude is also the recipient of the NAEA’s 2009 Viktor Lowenfeld Award for significant contributions to the field of art education. Gude frequently gives presentations and workshops at universities, museums, school districts and art education conferences throughout the U.S. and Canada as well as in Denmark, Korea, Vietnam and Singapore.