Penn State Art Educators

October 15 to November 7

Micaela Amateau Amato, Michelle Bae-Dimitriadis, Kris Grey, Andrew Hieronymi, Kevin Jenkins, Karen Keifer-Boyd, Wanda B. Knight, Aaron D. Knochel, Hil Malatino, Eduardo Navas, and Kimberly Powell | Art Educators faclitating Art at the Center: Transdisciplinary Creativity in BPS.

Art at the Center: Transdisciplinary Creativity is a proposal for activating pedagogical environments that envision sustainable futures. We have planned a series of events for four weeks from transdisciplinary collaborations with art at the center between art education faculty and students with colleagues outside of the School of Visual Arts. Throughout each of the four weeks, students and art education faculty members will schedule open hours to work on and invite others to join the arts-based research projects. Each week will include lectures, performances, and/or demonstrations by art education faculty in collaboration with others.


Faculty Bios:


Micaela Amateau Amato is a Professor Emerita of Art and Women’s Studies at Penn State University. Her mixed media works incorporate painting, photography, sculpture, (neon, cast glass, ceramic) and text. Often engaging forms of self-portraiture and nomadic identities in a dialogue with her Mediterranean ancestry from Iberia, Morocco, Turkey, and Rhodes, Amateau Amato’s work embodies a multiple self that is mediated by her personal and political engagement with diasporic history.


Michelle Bae-Dimitriadis is an assistant professor of Art Education and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the Pennsylvania State University. She received a Ph.D from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2009. Her research interest has been community-based, informal art educational curriculum, pedagogy, and program in the lives of minoritized girls, particularly focusing on immigrant/refugee/indigenous girls. This interest spans girls/youth culture, multicultural/critical race feminist approach, community-based art and media practice, and critical place- and land-based social justice and urban education.


Kris Grey transgender artist who uses their body as raw material, often presenting themselves in states of extreme vulnerability as an invitation for audiences to experience transcendence or discover hidden queer histories. Grey’s cultural work includes curatorial projects, performance, writing, and studio production in ceramics. Grey is in residence as a Visiting Artist and Assistant Teaching Professor at Penn State School of Visual Arts.


Andrew Hieronymi's recent work focuses on the sensation of movement in digital games. He creates interactive installations emphasizing the physical relationship between player(s) and interface during the act of playing. He has talked and exhibited internationally in art venues and media festivals and is an Associate Professor of New Media at the School of Visual Arts at Penn State University.


Kevin Jenkins, Ph.D., is a Postdoctoral Scholar at Penn State and an artivist, vlogger, and educator of trans experience. His research interests are transgender theory, visual culture, contemporary art, post-qualitative inquiry, and emergent technologies. His work has been presented and published nationally and internationally, including in the journals Visual Arts Research, Visual Culture & Gender, and the International Journal of Education through Art as well as chapters in edited books Pedagogies in the Flesh: Case Studies on the Embodiment of Sociocultural Differences in Education and the forthcoming Women's Caucus Lobby Activism: Feminism + Art.


Karen Keifer-Boyd, Ph.D., professor of art education and women's, gender, and sexuality studies at Penn State, received a National Art Education Foundation grant (2017-2018), a National Science Foundation grant (2010-2012), and two Fulbright Scholars awards (2012, 2006). Her published research on transdisciplinary creativity, including difference, feminist art pedagogy, visual culture, cyberart activism, transcultural dialogue, action research, and eco-social justice art education has been translated into several languages and is the focus of four co-authored books.


Wanda B. Knight, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Art Education, African American Studies, and Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies and is Professor-in-Charge of the Art Education Program at Penn State University. She has served as a Pre-K-12 art teacher, registrar, and curator of an art museum, and principal of both elementary and secondary schools. Her research is published broadly, and her presentations span national and international locations, including Austria, Canada, Finland, Germany, Korea, Puerto Rico, Sweden, Taiwan, and other places. Her honors include the Penn State University Faculty Way Pavers Award, the Pennsylvania Art Education Association Outstanding Higher Education Art Educator Award, the National Art Education Association J. Eugene Grigsby Jr. Award for outstanding contributions to the field of art education, and the Kenneth Marantz Distinguished Alumni Award from The Ohio State University where she earned her Ph.D. 


Aaron D. Knochel is Associate Professor of Art Education and an affiliated faculty at the Art & Design Research Incubator (ADRI) at The Pennsylvania State University. He completed his doctorate in Art Education at the Ohio State University in 2011 focused on critical media literacy, software studies, and art education. He has worked in a variety of visual arts learning spaces including schools, museums, and community arts programs both domestically and internationally. Generally, he tries to live up to his @artisteducator twitter bio: artist-teacher-visual culture researcher-digital media flaneur-novice hacker and pixel stacker.


Hil Malatino is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and a research associate in the Rock Ethics Institute. Their research and teaching draws upon trans and intersex studies, critical sexuality studies, transnational feminisms, disability studies, and medical ethics to theorize how experiences of violence, trauma, and resilience play out in intersex, trans, and gender non-conforming lives.


Eduardo Navas teaches on the principles of cultural analytics and digital humanities in the school of Visual Arts at The Pennsylvania State University. He researches the creative and political role of recyclability and remix in art, media and culture. He has lectured across the US and internationally and is the author of three books, and editor of two anthologies on remix studies.


Kimberly Powell holds a dual appointment in the College of Education and the College of Arts and Architecture. She is an affiliate faculty member of music education and of Asian studies, as well as an affiliate Fellow with the Arts and Design Research Incubator in the College of Arts and Architecture. An arts educator, qualitative methodologist and educational anthropologist, her research interests include the arts as intercultural practices and pedagogies as well as arts-based research methods. Her current research projects include StoryWalks, an exploration into walking as an artful practice of place-making, identity and social inquiry. Her research, part of a larger, international research initiative on walking, is documented on the website