Faculty + Staff

Dr. Pamela G. Taylor

Dr. Pamela G. Taylor is Professor of Art Education. She is steeply involved in extending her research through ideas related to data mining and visualization as she continues to engage with the question, “What does (art) learning look like?” Along these lines, Dr. Taylor worked with colleagues in the School of Education on the project eLASTIC: electronic learning and assessment tool for interdisciplinary connections which earned a National Priorities Research grant from the Qatar foundation for $1.05 million and grant support from the National Art Education Foundation. She has presented this research world wide. Her National Art Education Association honors include the Edwin Ziegfeld award (2012), Distinguished Fellow (2011), Higher Education Art Educator of the Year (2010), Virginia Art Educator of the Year (2010), Southeastern Art Educator of the Year (2011) and Higher Educator (2007). She earned her Ph.D. in Art Education from the Pennsylvania State University at which time she was named a Getty Doctoral Fellow for her research “Hypertext-based Art Education: Implications for Liberatory Learning in High School.” Following ten years of public school teaching, Dr. Taylor taught at Radford University and The University of Georgia prior to coming to VCU. Dr. Taylor is well respected in the field of art education for her research in the areas of hypertext theory, interactive computer technology, hyperaesthetic theory, service-learning, curriculum, and assessment in art education. Dr. Taylor’s over 60 publications include a book-length exhibition catalog on the work of artist Joseph Norman, book chapters and essays in art education anthologies, numerous invited and peer reviewed articles in such respected journals as Studies in Art Education, Art Education, FATE in Review, Computers in Schools, The International Education Journal, Innovate, and The Journal of Hypermedia. Her co-authored book (with B. Stephen Carpenter, II, Christine Ballengee-Morris and Billie Sessions) entitled Interdisciplinary Approaches to Teaching Art in High School was published by the National Art Education Association in the summer of 2006. Although she is currently focusing on eLASTIC, her other research involves service-learning and art foundation, interactive computer technology and inquiry and meaning-based art education, music video and visual culture art education, art education experiences in Cuba, and virtual learning portfolios.


Research, Leadership, & Awards

Dr. Pamela G. Taylor was named the 2012 Ziegfeld Award recipient sponsored by USSEA, United States Society for Education through Art. The Edwin Ziegfeld Award annually honors one American and one international art educator who, like InSEA’s (International Society for Education Through Art) first president, Edwin Ziegfeld, have forged new directions in art education and have made an outstanding and internationally recognized contribution to art education through exceptional records of achievement in scholarly writing, research, professional service, and community service. Dr. Taylor presented the Ziegfeld lecture at the USSEA Award Ceremony March 3rd during the National Art Education Association conference in New York.

Dr. Taylor’s focus over the past few years has been on the 1.05 million dollar grant project from the Qatar National Research Foundation grant for the development of eLASTIC: Electronic Learning and Assessment Tool for Interdisciplinary Connections. In 2011, Dr. Taylor was honored as a National Art Education Association Distinguished Fellow and the Southeastern Art Educator of the year. In 2010, she was named the National Higher Educator of the Year and the Virginia Art Educator of the Year. She is past chair of the National Council for Policy Studies in Art Education, is past editor of the journal of Art Education, and has served as reviewer for many journals, conferences, and grant awarding agencies (currently Studies in Art Education).

Recent publications include:

Press pause: Critically contextualizing music video in visual culture and art education. Studies in Art Education, 48(3), 230-246.

Hyperaesthetics: Making sense of our technomediated world.  Studies in Art Education, 45(4) 328- 342.

Racing thoughts: Altering our ways of knowing and being through computer hypertext. Studies in Art Education 45(1), 40-55. (With B. Stephen Carpenter II).

Service learning as postmodern art and pedagogy. Studies in Art Education. 43(2), 124-140.

Madonna and hypertext: Liberatory learning in art education. Studies in Art Education, 41(4), 376- 389.


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