Director of Graduate Studies in Art Education
Director, Graduate Art Education Programs
BFA, Pratt Institute
MSED, Queens College; Ed.D., University of Rochester
Dr. Shannon Elliott came to Memphis in 2013 to serve as MCA’s Director of Graduate Art Education programs after a long career in art education in New York State. Upon moving to Tennessee, Elliott didn’t miss a beat to get involved with the Tennessee Art Education Association (TAEA), as she had previously served as vice president on the board of the New York State Art Teachers Association (NYSATA). In October, the TAEA announced Elliott as the Higher Education Art Teacher of the Year, but the award is not the first of its kind. In 2010, NYSATA also named Elliott as Art Teacher of the Year for Region II; and in 2012, the National Art Education Association (NAEA) and NYSATA named Elliott Art Teacher of the Year for New York State.
Elliott’s numerous honors and recognition stem from her consistent and continued dedication to support art educators and their students. Elliott joined the board of the TAEA in 2014, and frequently provides professional development opportunities for Shelby County art teachers. Elliott and Brooks Museum’s Director of Education Kathy Dumlao recently co-hosted an art workshop inspired by the Food Network television show Chopped at the TAEA Annual Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. After participating in the workshop, NAEA’s Executive Director and CEO Deborah Reeve asked Elliott and Dumlao to develop it into a larger event for the 2018 NAEA Convention in Seattle, Washington. Additionally, Elliott was one of 25 artist leaders and educators in the nation selected to participate in the NAEA’s School for Art Leaders at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. As part of the program, Elliott is conducting three research experiments related to her leadership in the field of art education. She is currently working with a visiting spoken word artist with her students, and she will present her findings at the NAEA’s Annual Convention in New York City in March 2017.
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