Department of Art Education

Five questions with Chris Omni, the ‘Health Hippie’ earning a Ph.D. in Art Education

Chris Omni is a published author, documentary filmmaker, international presenter, community mobilizer and self-proclaimed eco-spiritualist. She’s also a doctoral candidate in the College of Fine Arts’ Department of Art Education. Affectionately known as the “Health Hippie” because of her 20-plus years in community health mobilization, Omni credits her current path to divine alignment, timing and […]

Five questions: FSU art therapy professor highlights the importance of humor and humanity through research initiatives 

Dave Gussak, a professor in the Florida State University Graduate Art Therapy Program, has spent the past 30 years helping therapists, graduate students and clients understand the link between art and the human experience. Recognized as a leading expert in art therapy in the correctional and forensic arenas, Gussak regularly presents on the subject in […]

FSU, Florida Department of Corrections expand Art Therapy in Prisons program

A Florida State University program that provides art therapy to adult inmates with special needs has undergone a major expansion through a renewed contract with the Florida Department of Corrections. Since January 2020, a groundbreaking partnership between FSU’s Art Therapy Program and the Florida DOC has provided young adult inmates with special needs and obstacles the opportunity to earn their General Education […]

FSU Art Education student battling terminal illness receives doctoral degree 

A doctoral student suffering from a terminal illness received her degree from Florida State University, recognizing her years of scholarship. Professors Ann Rowson Love and Pat Villeneuve in the College of Fine Arts Department of Art Education presented Susan Mann with a doctoral degree in Museum Education and Visitor-Centered Exhibitions. “Susan Mann’s presence in the […]

FSU College of Fine Arts faculty featured in virtual exhibition ‘What it Takes’

In a first-of-its-kind virtual faculty exhibition, Florida State University’s Museum of Fine Arts (MoFA) has brought together the six schools and departments in the College of Fine Arts for a celebration and exploration of the power of research in the arts. “What It Takes” features work from faculty across the college, showing the strengths, visions […]

FSU sets school record with nine Fulbright Scholars

Nine Florida State University faculty members have been selected as U.S. Fulbright Scholar Program award recipients, setting a new FSU record for most Fulbright Scholars in one year. These individuals plan to teach and conduct research as part of opportunities funded by the U.S. Fulbright Scholar Program during the 2020-2021 school year. Marcia A. Mardis, professor and associate dean for research in the College of Communication […]

Art educators develop K-12 arts enrichment website

As Florida State University art educators transitioned to online teaching this summer, some used the opportunity to provide K-12 children with opportunities to foster creativity and connect through art activities.  Department of Art Education Associate Professor and Chair Sara Scott Shields reimagined her Theory and Practice II course to focus on the development of a website geared toward students and teachers in the K-12 community. The website, created by FSU students, consists of a collection of online art activities and live classes.   “This kind of novel […]

FSU Art Therapy research team awarded NEA grant to study mental health

A research team from Florida State University’s Art Therapy Program has received a $99,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to study using the arts as a proactive mental health strategy for Generation Z, individuals who were born between 1995 and 2015. The team, led by Theresa Van Lith, an associate professor in art therapy, will build on their previous research to identify […]

FSU Art Therapy partners with Florida Department of Corrections to launch prison program

The Florida State University Art Therapy program and the Florida Department of Corrections are partnering up with the goal of providing young adult inmates alternate paths to receiving their General Education Degrees (GED) while addressing their various mental health, emotional and behavioral challenges.  Launched earlier this year, the first–of–its–kind Art Therapy in Prisons Program is a collaborative […]