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R. Darden Bradshaw - July Mentor

Dr. R. Darden Bradshaw is Assistant Professor of Art Education and Area Coordinator for Art Education at the University of Dayton. She holds both a Ph.D. in Art History and Education and an M.F.A. in Fiber Art from the University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ. Dr. Bradshaw is a practicing artist and educator, having worked for six years as an Arts Integration Specialist within the K-12 system in the Southwestern United States. She exhibits her work nationally and internationally, has facilitated Arts Integration trainings across the U.S. for the non-profit Arts Integration Solutions, and shares her research on empathy and visual culture art integration at regional and national venues.

Dr. Bradshaw has presented at OAEA, NAEA, Bergamo Curriculum Theory Conference, the Social Practice of Human Rights Conference, and the Writing Across the Curriculum conference, among others. She has been awarded numerous awards including the 2017 Dayton Art Institute’s Pamela Houk Award for Excellence in Art Education, the 2016 Ohio Art Education Association’s Higher Education Division Award, and the 2017 NAEA Western Region Higher Education Division Award. Her research in art integration and empathy can be found in the Journal of Cultural Research in Art Education, the Journal of Social Theory in Art Education, and The Clearinghouse: A Journal of Issues, Ideas, and Strategies for Middle and High School Educators. She can be reached at