Art and Art Education
James Madison University
United States Virgin Islands
Katherine A. Schwartz has worked as an art educator, administrator, and professor for 34 years. Prior to her work at JMU, Dr. Schwartz taught aesthetics, philosophy, art education, and tests and measurements at the University of Alaska at Kenai Peninsula College. Dr. Schwartz was a presenter and faculty member for the 1988-1996 Getty Institute for Education on the Visual Arts. She directed the Alaska Center for Excellence in Arts Education from 1991-1996 and the Alaska Alliance for the Arts from 1997-2000. Her experience also includes teaching above the Arctic Circle in Selawik, Kivalina, and Noorvik, Alaska. She has taught all grade levels K-12 ART; directed school district comprehensive art programs, and designed standards-based curriculum and program assessments. She also contributed to the development of National standards and assessments for teaching the arts.
Katherine A. Schwartz is a national award winning art educator and arts education advocate. Her work includes developing community, regional and national partnerships to improve education in the arts. Currently,she directs the JMU Art Education Center, which includes: coordinating graduate and undergraduate programs; teaching art education courses; initiating training and technical assistance projects; forming partnerships with school districts; integrating programs with regional and national initiatives; and grant writing and program development. In addition to her professional art education work, Dr. Schwartz is a marathon runner.