Professor Christine Marmé Thompson, coordinator of the Art Education graduate program at Penn State, has been named a National Art Education Association (NAEA) Distinguished Fellow, joining University colleagues Mary Ann Stankiewicz, B. Stephen Carpenter II and Karen Keifer-Boyd, who previously received this prestigious designation. Thompson, one of only three art educators nationwide to receive this honor for 2015, will be recognized at the NAEA annual convention in New Orleans in March. In addition, she will give the annual “Studies in Art Education” lecture, after being invited by the Studies in Art Education editorial board.
Thompson, who joined the Penn State faculty in 2001, previously received the NAEA Lowenfeld Award, which recognizes an individual who has made significant and distinguished contributions in the field of art education. She has also received awards from the NAEA Women’s Caucus and Seminar for Research in Art Education.
Thompson supervises the Penn State School of Visual Arts’ Saturday art class program for children in preschool through grade 12 and teaches graduate courses in children’s art and culture. Her research focuses on childhood studies and art education, and her writing appears in journals in art education, early childhood education and qualitative research, in handbooks, and in edited collections. She is editor of two books, The Visual Arts and Early Childhood Learning (1995) and The Arts in Childhood: Content, Context and Curriculum (2001) with Liora Bresler. Thompson served on the faculty at the University of Illinois for 17 years before coming to Penn State.
The NAEA Distinguished Fellows program was established in the early 1980s, initiated in part by NAEA past president Harlan Hoffa (’59 D.Ed. Art Education), professor emeritus of art education and former associate dean in the College of Arts and Architecture at Penn State. For more on the NAEA, visit arteducators.org.