Gerry Snyder
Director of the School of Art
116 Fine Arts Center
479-575-5202 

Mathew McConnell
Director of Graduate Studies
116 Fine Arts Center
479-575-5202
Email: msmcconn@uark.edu

School of Art Website

Degree Conferred:
M.A. in Art Education (ARED)

Program Description: The Master of Arts in Art Education is a two-year, 33 credit, art education program with concentrations in Schools or Community and Museums. The program is designed to enhance student knowledge and practices within the field of art education with a focus on meeting the necessary demands of a diverse and inclusive professional practice. Both concentrations offer a broad range of courses on art and pedagogical theories, visual culture studies, and research methodologies. For the Schools concentration, students will take core research and pedagogy courses as well as electives to build their expertise in an area of interest. The Community and Museums concentration includes the same core courses as well as electives and internship opportunities at local, national, or international museum and community venues. Both concentrations will apply contemporary art education theory, practice, and research as applicable to the students’ goals, whether they be preparation for doctoral study or professional practice. The program content will comply with the National Art Education Association (NAEA) and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) standards.

This degree will prepare students to advance their professional roles as artists, teachers, researchers, and leaders in various venues, such as schools, museums, community organizations, and institutions. This degree will advance students’ knowledge and professional application in an increasingly diverse, inclusive, and interdisciplinary world serving as a vehicle for community and university cross-disciplinary collaborations including but not limited to—African American Studies; Curriculum and Instruction; Gender Studies; History; Human Development and Family Sciences; Political Science; Psychology; Social Work; Sociology; and World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.

Requirements for M.A. in Art Education with Community and Museums Concentration

Application Process

Prerequisites to Degree Program: An earned bachelor’s degree with an art education major or its equivalent. Consideration will be given to applicants without an art major concentration who present evidence of knowledge in art education, art/visual culture, art history, art theory, and/or community art practice. 

Acceptance to the Master of Arts degree program requires a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education, with a grade point average of 3.0 on the last 60 credit hours of academic coursework OR a 3.0 cumulative grade point average. GRE scores are accepted, but not required for entrance into the program.

In addition to the requirements for admission to the Graduate School, the applicant must also submit the following materials to the School of Art through SlideRoom, a web-based system, uarkart.slideroom.com: A brief statement describing why you are interested in the Master of Arts in Art Education concentrations in Schools and/or Community and Museums (a few sentences), a 1-2 page autobiographical statement outlining your education, experiences, achievements, and goals for graduate study in one or both concentrations (Schools and/or Community and Museums), resume/curriculum vitae, optional writing or research sample (maximum of 10 pages), unofficial transcripts, and three names and contact information for references who will be submitting letters of recommendation for the applicant to upload to SlideRoom, and an optional portfolio of 10-20 images (up to 5 of the images may include details if needed for large scale or 3-dimensional work) with the title, medium(s), dimensions, and date of completion. If you are submitting video, provide a website link to sources such as Vimeo or YouTube (size limit 5 MB). SlideRoom has comprehensive instructions for resizing and submitting work online, slideroom.zendesk.com/home.

Application deadline for the School of Art is Jan. 15 (Fall Admission only). The application portal on Slideroom will close at midnight (Central time) on Jan. 15. It is recommended that you submit your application at least two weeks prior to the deadline to allow your faculty recommenders time to upload their letters. The GRE is not required for applicants to the M.A. program in Art Education at the School of Art at the University of Arkansas, but may be submitted with the application.

Requirements for the Master of Arts in Art Education: Complete a minimum of 33 credit hours.

Core Curriculum9
ARED 5003Research Methodologies in Art Education3
ARED 6003Foundations and Histories of Art Education3
ARED 5013(Dis)Mantling Diversity & Pedagogy3
ARED 698VMaster's Thesis in Art Education1-6
Concentration Hours18

Additional Requirements for the Concentration in Community and Museums:

Selection of courses must be in consultation with an adviser
Graduate credit hours in Art Education9
Graduate credit hours outside of Art Education6
ARED 686VInternship in Art Education3
Total Hours18

Requirements for M.A. in Art Education with Schools Concentration

Application Process

Prerequisites to Degree Program: An earned bachelor’s degree with an art education major or its equivalent. Consideration will be given to applicants without an art major concentration who present evidence of knowledge in art education, art/visual culture, art history, art theory, and/or community art practice. 

Acceptance to the Master of Arts degree program requires a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education, with a grade point average of 3.0 on the last 60 credit hours of academic coursework OR a 3.0 cumulative grade point average. GRE scores are accepted, but not required for entrance into the program.

In addition to the requirements for admission to the Graduate School, the applicant must also submit the following materials to the School of Art through SlideRoom, a web-based system, uarkart.slideroom.com: A brief statement describing why you are interested in the Master of Arts in Art Education concentrations in Schools and/or Community and Museums (a few sentences), a 1-2 page autobiographical statement outlining your education, experiences, achievements, and goals for graduate study in one or both concentrations (Schools and/or Community and Museums), resume/curriculum vitae, optional writing or research sample (maximum of 10 pages), unofficial transcripts, and three names and contact information for references who will be submitting letters of recommendation for the applicant to upload to SlideRoom, and an optional portfolio of 10-20 images (up to 5 of the images may include details if needed for large scale or 3-dimensional work) with the title, medium(s), dimensions, and date of completion. If you are submitting video, provide a website link to sources such as Vimeo or YouTube (size limit 5 MB). SlideRoom has comprehensive instructions for resizing and submitting work online, slideroom.zendesk.com/home.

Application deadline for the School of Art is Jan. 15 (Fall Admission only). The application portal on Slideroom will close at midnight (Central time) on Jan. 15. It is recommended that you submit your application at least two weeks prior to the deadline to allow your faculty recommenders time to upload their letters. The GRE is not required for applicants to the M.A. program in Art Education at the School of Art at the University of Arkansas, but may be submitted with the application.

Requirements for the Master of Arts in Art Education: Complete a minimum of 33 credit hours.

Core Curriculum9
ARED 5003Research Methodologies in Art Education3
ARED 6003Foundations and Histories of Art Education3
ARED 5013(Dis)Mantling Diversity & Pedagogy3
ARED 698VMaster's Thesis in Art Education1-6
Concentration Hours18

Additional Requirements for the Concentration in Schools:

Selection of courses must be in consultation with an adviser
Graduate Credit hours in Art Education12
Graduate Credit hours outside of Art Education6
Total Hours18

Graduate Faculty in the School of Art

Andree, David, M.F.A. (State University of New York), B.F.A. (Minneapolis College of Art and Design), Assistant Professor, 2015.
Andree, Kara M., M.F.A. (State University of New York at Buffalo), B.F.A. (Minneapolis College of Art and Design), Instructor, 2016.
Byrd, Stefani, M.F.A. (University of California, San Diego), Visiting Assistant Professor, 2019.
Callander, Adrienne, M.F.A. (Rutgers University), B.A. (Reed College), Visiting Assistant Professor, 2017.
Callander, Neil, M.F.A. (Rutgers University), B.F.A. (Indiana University at Bloomington), Assistant Professor, 2017.
Cassiano Alverez, Renata, M.F.A. (University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth), Instructor, 2019.
Chioffi, David Charles, M.A. (Wesleyan University), B.F.A. (The Rochester Institute of Technology), Professor, 2013.
Cromer, Jonathan Barrett, M.F.A. (University of Arkansas, Instructor, 2016.
DeLue, Rachael Z., Ph.D. (John Hopkins University), Visiting Assistant Professor, 2019.
DeWitt, Dylan, M.F.A. (Yale University), Assistant Professor, 2014.
Doyle, Allen P., Ph.D. (Princeton University), Visiting Assistant Professor, 2019.
Drolen, Rebecca, M.F.A., B.A. (Indiana University, Bloomington), Assistant Professor, 2015.
Edwards, Vincent A., M.F.A. (Herron School of Art and Design), B.F.A. (Indiana University), Instructor, 2016.
Grant, Alphonso W., Ph.D. (Pennsylvania State University), Assistant Professor, 2017.
Hanson, Alexander J., M.F.A. (University of Iowa), Instructor, 2015.
Hapgood, Thomas Layley, M.F.A., B.A. (University of Arizona), Associate Professor, 2005.
Hogan, Adam S., M.A, M.F.A (Washington University in St. Louis), Assistant Professor, 2014.
Hulen, Jeannie, M.F.A. (Louisiana State University), B.F.A. (Kansas City Art Institute), Professor, 2002.
Jacobs, Lynn Frances, Ph.D., M.A. (New York University), B.A. (Princeton University), Distinguished Professor, 1989.
King, Sam, M.F.A. (Indiana University at Bloomington), B.F.A. (University of Tulsa), Assistant Professor, 2011.
Lane, Marty Maxwell, M.G.D. (North Carolina State University), B.F.A. (University of Illinois at Chicago), Associate Professor, 2014.
LaPorte, Angela M., Ph.D. (Pennsylvania State University), M.A. (Arizona State University), B.S. (La Roche College), Professor, 1998.
Levenson, Abra, Ph.D., M.A.(Princeton), B.A. (University of California, Berkeley), Assistant Professor, 2018.
Lopez, Linda Nguyen, M.F.A. (University of Colorado-Boulder), B.F.A. (California State University-Chico), Instructor, 2012.
McConnell, Mathew S., M.F.A. (University of Colorado-Boulder), B.F.A. (Valdosta State University), Associate Professor, 2011.
McMahon, Bree, M.A., B.A. (North Carolina State University), Assistant Professor, 2018.
Meares, Ian, M.F.A (Penn State), M.F.A (University of California at Irvine), Instructor, 2017.
Mitchell, Marc E., M.F.A. (Boston University), Associate Professor, 2014.
Morrissey, Sean P., M.F.A. (University of Nebraska-Lincoln), B.F.A. (Bowling Green State University), Assistant Professor, 2014.
Murff, Zora J., M.F.A. (University of Nebraska), Assistant Professor, 2018.
Musgnug, Kristin Ann, M.F.A. (Indiana University at Bloomington), B.A. (Williams College), Associate Professor, 1991.
Place, Alison L., M.F.A (Miami University), Assistant Professor, 2017.
Posnak, Adam, M.F.A (Louisiana State University and A&M College), Instructor, 2010.
Pulido Rull, Ana, Ph.D., M.A. (Harvard University), B.A. (National Autonomous University of Mexico), Associate Professor, 2012.
Ramirez, Kasey, M.F.A. (Indiana University, Bloomington), B.F.A. (Rhode Island School of Design), Assistant Professor, 2015.
Slone, Ryan B., B.F.A (University of Arkansas), Instructor, 2001.
Snyder, Gerry, M.A. (New York University), B.F.A. (University of Oregon), Distinguished Professor, 2019.
Springer, Bethany Lynn, M.F.A. (University of Georgia), B.A. (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University), Associate Professor, 2006.
Sytsma, Janine A., Ph.D. (University of Wisconsin-Madison), M.A. (University of Denver), B.A. (Arizona State University), Assistant Professor, 2016.
Taoka, Loring, M.F.A (University of North Texas), Instructor, 2012.
Turner, Aaron, M.F.A (Rutgers State University), B.A (University of Memphis), Research Associate, 2016.
Yoon, InJeong, Ph.D. (University of Arizona), Assistant Professor, 2017.