Changing the Art Education Landscape: What’s Next?


Changing the Art Education Landscape: What’s Next?
Wednesday, July 7, 2021 

FREE for NAEA Members; $49 for non-members

How has this pandemic changed the future of art education? What should our pathway to educational recovery look like? What lessons have we learned that we will carry with us? Join a high school art educator, visual arts supervisor, and college professor as we discuss how we can draw from our experiences during this unique time to chart a new course for the future.

David Rufo

Assistant Professor, Childhood Education, Cazenovia College, Cazenovia, New York

David Rufo is an assistant professor of education and program director in the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences at Cazenovia College. Previously, Rufo was a clinical assistant professor at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Education at Lincoln Center in New York City. Additionally, Rufo has 2 decades of experience as a general elementary classroom teacher and an instructor in the Department of Art Education at Syracuse University. He has published articles on the intersections of education and creativity in various national and international peer-reviewed journals. In addition to being an educator, Rufo is a visual artist. His writings may be found at and his artwork at

James Rees

Artist, Researcher, Educator, Provo, Utah

While maintaining his studio practice, James Rees has taught art for more than 29 years at the university, college, and high school levels. He recently served as the NAEA Pacific Region Vice President (2018–2020) and previously as the NAEA Secondary Division Director (2013–2015). He is a Fulbright Memorial Fund Scholar and has also received awards from NAEA and the Sharpe–Walentas Studio, as well as several residencies and fellowships throughout the United States. Rees is an Art21 Educator and has worked as a mentor teacher for School of the Arts Institute of Chicago’s Teacher’s Institute for Contemporary Art. He is also an appointed panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts. He is passionate in his advocacy for the arts and currently serves on several national advisory boards and state art education committees.

Elizabeth Stuart Whitehead

Visual Arts Supervisor, Prince George’s County Public Schools, Maryland

Elizabeth (Lisa) Stuart Whitehead has served as the visual arts supervisor for Prince George’s County Public Schools in Maryland since 2014. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in art education from the University of Maryland, a Master of Arts degree in education from the Maryland Institute College of Art, and her certificate in supervision and administration from the University of Maryland. She is currently seeking her doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Maryland. Whitehead taught elementary art for 9 years and was the art content specialist in Montgomery County Public Schools for 7 years. Also, she has coauthored two books—Using Art to Teach Reading Comprehension Strategies and Using Art to Teach Writing Traits—along with other various articles. In 2020, she received two major awards from NAEA, the National Supervision and Administration Art Educator Award and the Marion Quin Dix Leadership Award.


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