Wednesday, March 16 | Thursday, March 17 | 
Friday, March 18 | Saturday, March 19 

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  Wednesday | March 16

Delegates Assembly
Business Meeting | 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Representatives from partnering state associations and NAEA Issues Groups collaborate to help shape the future of NAEA.

Preconvention Workshops
Ticketed Events | All Day
Get a head start on your Convention experience by attending a Preconvention Workshop on Wednesday!

30th Annual Preconference | NAEA Museum Education Division: Designing for Transparency
Wednesday, March 16 | 8:30 am – 5:30 pm, followed by a wine reception from 5:30-6:30 pm
While art museum educators are effective communicators when it comes to teaching, are we great communicators when it comes to being more transparent about the work of museum education? Click here for program details.
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 Thursday | March 17

Jean Houston, PhD
Scholar, Philosopher, Researcher in Human Capacities
General Session |  9 – 9:50 am

NAEA’s mission is to advance visual arts education to fulfill human potential and promote global understanding. Jean Houston is a principal founder of the Human Potential Movement. Her work as a bestselling author, visionary, and inspirational speaker combines a deep knowledge of history, culture, science, spirituality, and human development. She has traveled to more than 100 countries while serving as a UNICEF Advisor and a member of the United Nations Development Program. She has worked with international leaders including the Dalai Lama, Hillary Clinton, and Oprah Winfrey. Website

Linda Keane
Professor, Architecture, Interior Architecture and Designed Objects, Art Education
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Super Session | 11:00 – 11:50 am
Linda Keane, AIA, is an artist, architect, and academic passionately active in greening public imagination. She believes that, “Design advocacy and art are socially engaged practices that analyze and activate the world.” Her work has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Fulbright, PBS, and more. Website | TED Talk

Stacy Lord
K-12 Certified Art Educator, Worcester, MA Public School System | Art Educator in Space!
Super Session | 11:00 am – 12:25 pm
Mixing Art and Science: The SOFIA /NASA Adventure!
From atmosphere to stratosphere, follow Stacy’s journey as she steps into the world of astronomy through NASA’s SOFIA AAA program, fusing art with science. Website

Michael Noland
Local Artist Series | 5:00 – 5:50 pm
Michael Noland’s art deals with the natural world in his lifelong home of the American Midwest. For him, the act of painting is a “call of the wild.” Website

Jesse Reno
Super Session | 1:00 – 1:50 pm
Jesse Reno is a self-taught mixed media painter who has been drawing since he could hold a pencil, and has been painting and exhibiting his works since 2000. Jesse has amassed over 4,000 paintings in the last 12 years, and has exhibited his work extensively across the US and Canada as well as in France and Mexico. Website

Lisa Yun Lee
Director of the School of Art & Art History, University of Illinois at Chicago
Super Session | 4:00 – 4:50 pm
Lisa Yun Lee is the Director of the School of Art and Art History, a visiting curator at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum; and a member of the Art History, Museum and Exhibition Studies, and Gender and Women's Studies faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Lisa is also the co-founder of The Public Square at the Illinois Humanities Council, an organization dedicated to creating spaces for dialogue and dissent and for reinvigorating civil society. Website

Art Education Celebration and Artisans Gallery
Social Event/Marketplace
Artisans: 7:00 – 9:00 pm; Event: 7:00 – 10:00 pm

Get your green on! It will be St. Patrick’s Day! Kick off the Convention by celebrating art education in the Windy City with art educators from around the globe! Music, prizes, the NAEA Artisans Gallery, and more, will be part of this epic event!

Friday | March 18



Bob Reeker | Lorinda Rice | Scott Russell | Mari Atkinson | Peter Curran
Super Session | 8:30 – 9:50 am
Addressing Assessment Authentically Across America: How Art Education Leaders Facilitate Meaningful Assessment for Students
New National Standards… Many states writing or revising state standards… Cornerstone assessments… Join these leaders as they converse about authentically assessing new standards as well as the impact of assessment on the arts in this day of rigorous standardized academic testing and evaluation. This is a discussion for members, by members with a focus on K-12 art educators and art supervisors, as well as preservice art educators. All convention attendees are invited to join the conversation about authentic assessment for students!
5th Annual NAEF Fundraising Benefit Event: “Present/Respond/Connect”
Special Event | 10:30 – 11:50 am
Editor and art historian Peter Trippi discusses how and why what’s happening in art classrooms today impacts his own work encouraging collectors to talk about art. Through his magazine, Fine Art Connoisseur, Peter Trippi inspires the collectors who subscribe to look more closely at art, then start talking about it with others, no matter how imprecisely. Explaining what we see and why we like (or dislike) something, focuses us, and helps connect us with ideas and with others who share our interest.  Recently Trippi learned about the successes being experienced by classroom teachers piloting the Model Cornerstone Assessments (MCA's). Their strategies and outcomes are highly pertinent to what’s happening in the fields of connoisseurship and collecting. This is a ticketed event, open to all NAEA Convention attendees. Light Refreshments will be served. Tickets are $50 ($40 tax deductible). All proceeds will support the National Art Education Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization.


Olivia Gude, Maria Gaspar, Andres Hernandez, Karen Sandlos, Madilyn Strentz, Bobby Anderson
Super Session | 11:00 am – 12:50 pm
Art Teachers as Community Artists as Community Leaders: Social Practice of Art Education in Chicago
Chicago has rich traditions of engaged participation in community life through artmaking. Re-imagine your teaching practice using community arts methods to identify issues of contemporary community life. Design innovative projects through which students bring into being a more just and joyful society.


Suellen Rocca
Local Artist Series | 11:00 – 11:50 am
Chicago Imagist and member of the ’Hairy Who’, Suellen Rocca is known for her paintings that reflect a very Chicago take on pop culture. Inspired by comic books, catalogues and children’s game pages, these paintings abound with mini-iconic images of palm trees, poodles, diamond rings, dancing couples and more. Later work, more inner directed is often inspired by dreams. Ladders, boats, birds and fish appear as personal metaphors. Check out this article: Suellen Rocca in the 1960’s- Hyperallergic



Michael Dinges
Local Artist Series | 12:00 – 12:50 pm
In the past, scrimshaw was the work of idle sailors engraving the teeth or bones of whales. Michael Dinges uses the traditional practice of scrimshaw and trench art to comment on the changing nature of labor and global trade. Historical instruments of navigation, plus the tools and crafts of the 19th century sailors and 20th century, soldiers provide inspiration for his work. Website
Patricia Franklin
NAEA President
General Session | 3:00 – 4:20 pm
Join NAEA President Patricia Franklin for a look into the power of community and the value of the collective voice in advancing the mission of NAEA. Join our community in celebration of the 2016 NAEA National Award honorees. 
Ted Southern
President, Final Frontier Design
Super Session | 5:00 – 5:50 pm
Ted Southern is President and co-founder of Final Frontier Design (FFD), a space suit design and manufacturing company based in Brooklyn, New York. Autodidactically trained in space suit design, Ted participated NASA’s 2007 and 2009 Astronaut Glove Challenge, winning $100,000 with his business partner Nikolay Moiseev in 2009 by outperforming NASA’s current technology. Website

Saturday | March 18



Ami Kantawala, James Rolling, Jr., and G. James Daichendt and colleagues
Super Session | 8:00 – 9:50 am
A ‘Gathering’ of Sorts: Opening Up Space for a Conversation on Creative Leadership For and In the Arts
Given the theme of leadership for NAEA 2016 convention and art educators working in multi-faceted roles—at public and private pK-12 schools and districts, colleges and universities, art museums, community arts organizations
art educators are teachers, artists, advocates, researchers, community builders, and LEADERS. The conversations generated in this super session will help extend the notion of art education leadership in ways that will continue to shape the field of research and practice in art education.


NAEA Curriculum Slam! 2016
Leading Contemporary Creative Research through Art, Media & Design Curriculum
Super Session | 11:00 am – 12:50 pm
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Olivia Gude, Lydia Ross, James Rees, NAEA teachers
Teachers share innovative curriculum in fast-paced presentations. Curated by the MCA Teachers’ Advisory Committee, these projects and activities engage students in investigating contemporary life with contemporary creative practices. 

Juan Angel Chavez
Local Artist Series | 11:00 – 11:50 am
Juan Angel Chávez is a Mexican-born artist who focuses on the creation of larger scale projects dealing with the conundrum of survival and surveillance, and the interpretation of the battle against permanence. His current work consists of interactive, larger-than-life, assemblages, sculptures, and installations made of found materials, light, and sound, that blend public art interaction practices with contemporary concepts of sculpture and installation. Website

Michael Bonesteel
Local Artist Series | 2:00 – 2:50 pm
The combination of words and images have been Michael Bonesteel’s lifelong passion. He is also drawn to outsider art as well as comic books and graphic novels, and his current work fuses these passions and explorations. He is currently a faculty member at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Website



William Strickland
CEO, Social Architect, Community Leader, Visionary
General Session | 3:00 – 4:20 pm
Bill Strickland is the President and CEO of Manchester Bidwell Corporation and its subsidiaries, Manchester Craftsmen's Guild (MCG), and Bidwell Training Center (BTC). He is nationally recognized as a visionary leader who authentically delivers educational and cultural opportunities to students and adults within an organizational culture that fosters innovation, creativity, responsibility, and integrity. Website

“One of the most innovative social enterprise thinkers I have ever met...”
—Quincy Jones, Producer


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