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Stephanie Silverman | March Mentor
Each month, a different NAEA member is the guest writer for the NAEA Monthly Mentor Blog. March’s monthly mentor is Stephanie Silverman, Fine Art Department Chair at Archmere Academy in Claymont, DE.
Stephanie Silverman, NBCT received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in 2004 and holds a master’s degree in Teaching Visual Arts (MAT) from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Stephanie’s undergraduate studies concentrated on furniture and industrial design, and she earned a minor in History, Philosophy & Social Sciences which she completed with cross-registration opportunities at Brown University.
After several years working professionally as a graphic designer and marketing director, she was eager to synthesize her interest in art, design, and developing others. Stephanie completed a master’s degree in Visual Art Education at the University of the Arts in 2008. She holds several teaching licenses, including Pennsylvania Teaching License in Art K-12 and State of Delaware Advanced Licensure and Certification in Art K-12. In 2014, Stephanie earned National Board Certification in Early Adolescence-Young Adulthood Art Education (K-12) and is currently the only independent school teacher in Delaware to hold the credential. A lifelong learner deeply committed to professional development, Stephanie is presently completing a Certificate in School Management and Leadership (CSML) offered by Harvard’s Graduate School of Education and the Harvard Business School.
Stephanie is the recipient of many teaching awards, including the Tage Frid Award for Excellence in Teaching (RISD, 2004), the Diane Taylor Foxman Award for Excellence in Art Education (Department of Art Education, University of the Arts, 2007), and the Tatnall School Alumni Faculty Award (2017). In 2014, Silverman was named Delaware Secondary Art Educator of the Year by the Delaware Art Education Association (DAEA). Upon receiving the award, Silverman advanced as a candidate for the 2015 National Art Education Association (NAEA) National Eastern Region Art Educator of the Year Award, and was selected for the distinction from an international pool of nominees in a region stretching from Washington, DC north to Newfoundland and Ontario.
Stephanie has chaired two nationally-recognized secondary fine art and design programs, expanding the curricular offerings of each program to include 3D Design, industrial and fashion design, new media (such as 3D printing and laser-cutting), interdisciplinary learning in design, and digital media. She has taught a vast array of art and design courses including Architectural Design, AP Studio Art-Drawing, AP Studio Art-2D Design, AP Studio Art-3D Design, Fashion Design, Emerging Media (including 3D printing and laser-cutting), Digital Art & Design, and Graphic Design.
Stephanie’s high school art students have won over 800 individual awards and 20 National Medals through the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards program in every visual art category, in addition to over $2 million in college scholarships and contest prizes. Based on the success of her signature curriculum and instructional model, Stephanie has been invited to present her work throughout the country to an international audience of art and design educators at the National Art Education Association (NAEA) National Convention. In addition, Stephanie has served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the graduate program of Art & Design Education at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Presently, Stephanie is compiling a series of her best-practices and standards-aligned lessons for future publication, a continuation of her capstone project from her work at NAEA’s School for Art Leaders in 2017.
Stephanie is also an AP Studio Art Reader, invited to score AP Studio Art exams for the College Board each summer. She has also taught at the graduate level as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Her graduate courses emphasize standards-based art education practices, assessments tools, and advocacy for the arts as essential in developing necessary 21st century skills in creative problem solving and critical thinking. She has also served as a consultant for the University of the Arts Graduate Program of Art & Design Education, while making time to serve on the Boards of the Delaware Foundation for the Visual Arts (DFVA) and on the Delaware Art Education Association (DAEA). In addition to her 15 years as a classroom teacher, Stephanie has held multiple roles in a variety of K-16 public, charter, parochial, independent, and post-secondary contexts, including Principal, Head of School, and Director of Marketing & Communications. Her experience working in many facets of education affords an authentic understanding of curriculum, programs, and administrative leadership.
Stephanie’s personal artwork has been exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the country, and is held in private collections throughout the world. In 2017, Stephanie was commissioned by the Delaware Art Museum as the first female Artist in Residence to conceive of and create a year-long interactive public installation titled “Creative Power” for families and children, which invited family visitors to imagine the possibilities and contribute their own artistic voice to a transforming interactive gallery space. Infinity mirrors, colorful stripes, kinetic sculptures, and a portrait gallery featuring influential artists of color and traditionally underrepresented artists empowered visitors to create meaningful works of art and self-identify as artists with “creative power.” Most recently, Stephanie’s artwork was featured on HBO as part of the set of the hit show High Maintenance. A believer in the importance of ongoing exploration and a commitment to studio practice, Stephanie maintains a serious studio practice and sells her artwork to a global audience through her Etsy shop SilvermanFineArt. Stephanie was just appointed the Chair of Archmere Academy’s Fine Art Department, beginning July 1 2020.