Lisa Abia-Smith is the Director of Education at the University of Oregon’s Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art and Senior Instructor in the College of Art and Design at the UO, teaching courses in arts and healthcare, accessible arts, museum education, and arts management. She presents nationally and internationally at conferences on arts and healthcare programs and art education for marginalized communities.
Abia-Smith’s work as the director of education at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art intersects with her teaching practice and provides undergraduate and graduate students with practical application and fieldwork immersing in art education for visitors of all ages and abilities. Since 2011, she has led the Art of the Athlete program at the University of Oregon. In 2014 she was selected as Oregon’s Art Museum Educator of the Year and is a board member of the Oregon Art Education Association. She has authored 3 book chapters published by academic presses. Juried and invited lectures have been given at numerous international, national, and regional conventions, symposia, and universities including the Inclusive Museum Research Network Conference at the University of Granada, Spain in 2018 and at the Inclusive Museum Research Network in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2019.
Dr. Doug Blandy’s research has been published in Studies in Art Education, Art Education, the Journal of Multicultural and Cross-Cultural Research in Art Education, and the Visual Sociology Review, among other journals. His research has also been published in scholarly books. He has co-edited four books published by academic presses. Juried and invited lectures have been given at numerous international, national, and regional conventions, symposia, and universities. Professional service has included leadership positions within the Cultural Policy Network of the Center for Arts and Culture, the United States Society for Education through Art, Caucus on Social Theory in Art Education, and the Public Policy and Arts Administration affiliate of the National Art Education Association.
His research and teaching focuses on providing art experiences in community-based settings that meet the needs of all participants. Research and teaching has also concentrated on the relationships between art, education, community, and place. My research and teaching is informed by the belief that arts and cultural settings have been, and continue to be, among those informal and formal enclaves in which people assemble, work, and act together for a variety of social, political, cultural, economic, aesthetic, and educational purposes. The arts are a catalyst for dialogue about individual and group identity; local, national, and international concerns; and ultimately the pursuit of democracy.