NAEA Open Studio Conversations: Discovering Successful Creative Career Pathways for All

NAEA Open Studio Conversations:  Discovering Successful Creative Career Pathways for All
Skills, Portfolios, and Career Directions for All Art & Media Students, Including Those Navigating Neurodiversity
Tuesday, January 16, 2024
Cost: FREE!

In this Open Studio Conversation, NAEA welcomes featured presenter Jeffrey Conger, professor of graphic design at Montana State University and cofounder of the university’s Dyslexia & Innovation Symposium. Jeffrey will explore the skills and portfolio strategies that help students pursue higher education opportunities in graphic design and media arts, career options for students considering these pathways, and the value of exploring higher education opportunities in unexpected locations. He’ll also talk about the value of welcoming nontraditional and neurodiverse students into art and digital media programs in both secondary and higher education. Joining Jeffrey is Michele Dick, education specialist at Wacom and an education veteran with 21+ years of classroom and administrative experience with Evergreen Public Schools in Vancouver, Washington. 

BONUS! Wacom will give away Intuos wireless tablets to two lucky Open Studio Conversation attendees! To be eligible, you must attend the live Open Studio Conversation and winners will be announced via email following the broadcast. Wacom Intuos wireless pen tablets are designed for individuals and beginners interested in drawing, painting or photo editing in a digital space. Whether you’re looking to try out the pressure-sensitive pen, create a stylish design, or explore the included software and online tutorials, Wacom Intuos has everything you need to start an exciting digitally creative journey.

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Please note that participation in this live event or recording does not include NAEA professional learning credit. 

Jeffrey Conger

Co-founder Dyslexia & Innovation Symposium
Montana State University

Jeffrey Conger is a professor of graphic design and co-founder of the Dyslexia & Innovation symposium at Montana State University in Bozeman. As a lifelong dyslexic and outspoken advocate, Jeffrey has developed innovative pedagogy through experimental pilot courses for neurodivergent individuals with learning differences. 

Through his client-based scholarly creative, Jeffrey actively works as a professional designer, photographer, and author who specializes in automotive culture. Known for his candid storytelling and journalistic style, his content has been published regionally, nationally, and internationally through the mass-media giants Motor Trend Group, TEN: The Enthusiast Network, Source Interlink, and Egmont Publishing.

In addition, Jeffrey is the recipient of several prestigious awards Presidential Leadership Faculty Fellowship, the Cox Family Award for Creative Scholarship and Teaching, the Dean’s Excellence Award for Integration, and the Founder’s Day Award for Teaching Excellence. He is an invited speaker to the national AIGA design conference, presenter at AIGA educators conference, along with being an American Advertising Federation gold and silver Addy award winner.

Michele Dick

Education Specialist

Michele Dick is the Business Development Manager for Education at Wacom. Her work encompasses providing profressional development for educators across the U.S., in the use of Wacom’s solutions for art, media arts, CTE, and core curriculum teaching and learning. Prior to joining the Wacom Education team, Michele spent nearly 21 years as an educator with Evergreen Public Schools in Vancouver, Washington, where she served as an elementary educator, a technology specialist, and digital learning coordinator. Michele earned her Master’s Degree in Teaching from Washington State University in Vancouver. 

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