Co-Director, Art Education Program

Department of Art and Design
Art and Design Building Office 103C
513-244-4268
Susan.Lawrence@msj.edu

Degrees:

M.A. Art Education, Miami University, B.A. Art Education, College of Mount St. Joseph

Biography:

Mrs. Lawrence is Co-Director of the Art Education Program and an adjunct instructor in the Department of Art and Design.  She teaches the secondary methods course in art education, along with team teaching a multi-age seminar/practicum course for art education majors and an art methods course for education majors.  Additional responsibilities include supervising pre-service art education majors in their student teaching placements.  Mrs. Lawrence also co-directs the Mount's Teacher as Artist summer workshop series for regional art educators and assists with the summer Studio Art Workshops for Children offered through Studio San Giuseppe Gallery.  She received her M.A. in Art Education in 1989 from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio and a B.A. in Art Education from the College of Mount St. Joseph.  She achieved her National Board Certification for Professional Teaching Standards in Early Adolescence Through Young Adulthood/Art in 2003.

Before coming to the Mount in 2013, Mrs. Lawrence had an exciting 32 year teaching career as a Visual Arts Specialist in the Oak Hills Local School District.  During her tenure there, she wrote and received many grants for innovative projects, art experiences, and supplemental supplies for her students.  In 2011, Mrs. Lawrence was nominated for the OAEA Ohio Art Educator of the Year award. The Oak Hills Local School District recognized her in 2008 with the Distinguished Staff Member Award.  She was also honored by the National Art Education Association in 1999 with the Middle School Art Educator Award, along with the Ohio Art Education Association in 1998.  She received the Outstanding Art Teacher award from the Southwest Ohio Art Education Association in 1994.  In 1987, the Mount Art Department presented her with the John Nartker Art Alumni Award.

Mrs. Lawrence is an active member of the National Art Education Association (NAEA), the Ohio Art Education Association (OAEA), and the Southwest Ohio Art Education Association (SWOAEA).  She has given many presentations at the annual OAEA conference, most recently her topics have included: "Deconstructed Screenprinting" and "Pre-Service Art Educator to Resident Educator."  She is on the SWOAEA Executive Board as the Youth Art Month Exhibit and Young Peoples Art Exhibition Chairperson.  She also is Co-Chair of the Cincinnati Local Planning Committee for the 2016 OAEA Professional Development Conference taking place in November.  Mrs. Lawrence creates and exhibits complex dyed fabric/fiber art works regionally.  She enhances her fabric designs through manipulation, cutting, applique, quilting, and rapid machine stitching to create a dynamic interplay between the visual and tactile surface of her pieces.