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Click here for the Graduate Art Education Association (GAEdA) informal artmaking workshop times and locations for those who would like to work on their visual journal in dialogue with other graduate students. Throughout the semester, those enrolled in colloquium, have an assignment/opportunity to create visual journals (e.g., as video, comics, graphic narratives, collage, etc.) about their semester--through a critical visual cultural lens of humor. The Art Education Graduate Association will organize art workshops between colloquium meetings as desired by grad students. The last colloquium session will be a Borland Gallery exhibition of the visual journals with an opening event from 1:00-2:15 pm on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012.

Below is the schedule of meetings for graduate students enrolled in A ED 590 Colloquium.
Art education faculty and others are invited to participate in colloquium meetings.

Tuesdays, 1:00-2:15p.m.
Fall 2012

August 28; September 11; October 2, 16, 30; November 13, 27; December 11

Meet in 207 Arts Cottage
(except Nov. 27 & Dec. 11 meet in the Borland Gallery)

August 28: Intro to theme "Subversive Humor in Visual Culture" and format of colloquium 2012; and intro to each other's sense of humor.

September 11: Sheri Klein will present via Skype on her approach to autoethnography, using drawing and writing as means to talk about familial, professional—and painful subjects using humor.

Sheri Klein map published in Visual Culture & Gender, vol. 7 2012

"To better understand my experiences in visual terms, I looked to mapping. Mapping is a process associated with the fields of cartography and the sciences, but is also a method used by social science researchers to collate and visualize complex sets of data. ... Visual data methods such as drawing, diagrams, and maps allow me to visualize my struggles, to explore connections between experience, facts, and my locations, and to address the 'intense silence about the reality of class differences' (hooks, 1994, p. 177)" (Klein, 2012, p. 5).

Sheri R. Klein, Ph.D., M.F.A., is an artist, educator, and researcher. For the past three decades, she has taught courses in art and design, art education, and teacher education at the undergraduate and graduate levels. She is an exhibiting artist, conference presenter, and author of numerous publications on the subjects of art, education, and leadership. Her current research interests are to explore autobiographical, gender, social and cultural issues through writing and the creation of graphic narratives, drawings, paintings and garments. She is currently a Visiting Scholar at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in the Department of Art Education and can be reached at:


hooks, b. (1994). Teaching to transgress: Education as the practice of freedom. New York, NY: Routledge.

Klein, S. (Sept. 15, 2012). Can we tawk?: Fashioning/re-fashioning and mapping myself as a border crosser. Visual Culture & Gender, 7, 5-18.

Oct. 2: Please bring at least one of your visual journal pieces to show and discuss in terms of subversive humor and visual culture on Oct. 2. Dr. Wanda B. Knight will be the guest facilitator of the discussion.

Subversive humor as an artistic strategy is a form of reflexivity to understand, draw attention to, challenge power systems, subvert systems of oppression and domination, and inspire change or healing from assumptions (self-imposed and those of others), stereotypes, or from historical and personal crisis, urgent issues, and trauma. Deconstruct assumptions and then with metaphor, juxtaposition, and interreferientiality apply subversive humor strategies of reframing, recontextualizing, recoding, and remapping.

Oct. 16:  Evelin Stermitz will present via Skype "With a Glance on European Women Artists and Subversive Humor."

Evelin Stermitz, 2008, Table Talk

Table Talk, Evelin Stermitz, 2008, Video Still.
Courtesy of the artist.

With A Glance on European Women Artists and Subversive Humor

by Evelin Stermitz, 2012.

Stermitz will discuss European women artists’ strategies of subversive humor in their works with examples of art from the 1930/40s, the 1960/70s, and the 21st century. The artwork selected includes objects, drawings, and performative pieces. Foregrounded is a gender debate in the arts when viewing subversive humoristic art pieces by women artists in a historical time frame of the European feminist art movement.

Evelin Stermitz's bio is linked here.


Oct. 26-28, 2012 at Ohio State University

The purpose of the Graduate Research in Art Education (GRAE) conference is to provide a forum for students from Penn State, Ohio State, and Teachers College to meet to discuss issues and developments in art education that are being opened up by current graduate student research.

Prior GRAE programs are at, and the DVD sets of presentations can be checked out from the Penn State University Libraries (conduct a CAT library search using presenters’ names or titles of their presentations).

GRAE GRADUATE CANDIDATE PRESENTERS: Art education dissertation/thesis chairs recommend and invite graduate candidates who have an approved dissertation/thesis proposal by September 1, 2012, to present at GRAE 2012. If invited by your chair, you will need to send a title (this should either be the title of your dissertation/thesis or a title of some aspect of your dissertation/thesis research) and an abstract of your study (of no more than 100 words) to your chair. Once approved by your chair, please send it by September 4, 2012 to Kate Collins who is the OSU coordinator. Her email address is

GRAD STUDENTS & FACULTY: If you would like accommodations contact Kate. If you would like transportation to OSU contact Karen

Oct. 30:  GRAE discussion and GRAE history

Nov. 13: Dr. Grace Hampton, professor of art education, art, and integrative arts; Pat Trimble, instructor in theatre, and Jerry Zolten, associate professor in communications, will present with film clips and story to faciliate discussion on"Humor: Inside and Out - Implications for Teaching."

Nov. 27: Meet in 121 Borland for exhibition planning. We will begin planning in the conference room and then continue planning in the Borland Gallery. The Borland Gallery is reserved for the colloquium exhibition from December 8th through December 15th. With set up dates to be Saturday, December 8th and Sunday, December 9th (if need be) and take down date of Saturday, December 15th.

Dec. 11: Borland Gallery Exhibition Opening. Meet in the Borland Gallery.