Metropolitan State University, Teacher in Residence Program for Colorado Education Licensure, Denver, 2003

Florida International University, Miami, FL, Certification in Art Education, (K – 12), 1983                                                   

University of California, Berkeley, BA Degree, History of Art, 1976


National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, Art Certification, 2010                                

Professional Teacher License, State of Colorado, Certification K – 12 Art


Visual Arts Department Director, Denver School of the Arts, 2003 – 2018. Development and implementation of standards-based, spiraling art curriculum for grades 6 – 12 for public arts magnet high school. Instructor of art history, drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, graphic design and 3D art. 6 years on Collaborative School Committee (school goal setting and budgetary planning); 3 years Personnel Committee member; 5 years School Leadership Team; 2 years Arts Department Chair.

Teacher Leader and Visual Arts Research Assessment Team, Denver Public Schools, 2012 –2018.   Development of standardized district assessments for Visual Art; New Teacher Mentor; Coach for district art teachers in the development of thematic units of study utilizing new Content Standards; Art Teacher Leader for implementation of new Student Learning Objectives Initiative.

Art Department Chair, Archbishop Hannan High School, New Orleans, Louisiana. 1989 – 1996 and 2001 – 2003. Created and taught standards-based curriculum for three levels of studio art, art history and Louisiana History. Served on Academic Committee and Discipline Board, Art Club Moderator.

Art Resource Teacher, Hawaii Department of Education, Artist-in-the-Schools Program.  Kalaheo, Koloa, Eleele, and Waimea Elementary Schools,  Kauai. 1996 – 2001. Worked in collaboration with classroom teachers to present interdisciplinary art lessons; wrote state grants to acquire arts funding for schools. Conducted teacher education workshops in art and produced art instructional video for Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.

Art Program Director, Kauai Academy of Creative Arts, Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii. 1998 – 2001. Managed and developed programming for summer art school in visual and performing arts for children aged 5 – 16. Hired and supervised staff of 28 teachers and assistants; completed three development projects and wrote state and private foundation grants. Taught classes in clay, drawing, and 3D Design, summers 1990 – 2001.

Suicide and Crisis Intervention Counselor, The COPE-Line, New Orleans Louisiana, 1991 – 96. Volunteer telephone counselor, counselor trainer and Emergency Staff Person for 24-hour crisis hotline.


Denver School of the Arts, Developed world culture themed curriculum and hired staff for Summer Art Program, 2015

Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Development of Teen Tour Program; docent trainer; creation of teacher packets for museum shows, 2013 – 15

Clifford Still Museum, inStill Project, Developed gallery experiences for students, 2012

Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, New Teacher Advisory Board 2008 – 09

Mayor’s Public Art Committee, Denver Office of Cultural Affairs, 2006- 09

Member: Denver Classroom Teachers Association; National Art Education Association and Colorado Art Education Association. 2003 – present; Theory Loves Practice Art Educators Group, 2012 – present.


Art Educators Lab, Kansas City Art Institute Teacher Fellowships in Sculpture (2014), Graphic Welding (2008), Graphic Design (2005)

Four National Endowment for the Humanities Teacher Institute Fellowships: Religious Worlds of New York, 2015, Ottoman Culture, Turkey, 2013; Mesoamerican Institute, University of Oregon, 2008; Cultures of the Four Corners Area, Cortez, Colorado, 2003

Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass, CO, Summer workshop scholarship, 2010-present

Surdna Foundation Independent Summer Study Fellowship, Wood Block Printmaking, 2010

National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, Anderson Ranch Art Center, Mapping, 2009

Center for Teaching East Asia Teacher Workshops, University of Colorado: Indian and Chinese Literature, Japanese and Chinese History, Asian Puppetry, and Buddhist and Hindu Art, 2008 – 2013  

Mayor’s Mile High Teachers Award, City of Denver, 2009

Fund for Teachers Fellowship, 5-week independent study, clay techniques and book arts at Penland School of Crafts, North Carolina, 2007

Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund Teacher Fellowship, 3-week study trip to Tokyo and Kurashiki 2006

Teacher Institute in Contemporary Art, Chicago Art Institute, Figurative Oil Painting, 2005

Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, Art Purchase Awards, 1991 and 1999

Kauai Society of Artists, Achievement Awards, 1999 and 2001

National Endowment for the Arts, Center for Basic Education, Independent Study Fellowship, Metalworking with Susan Carver, Bogalusa, Louisiana, 1995

Teacher of the Year, St. Bernard Parish, Meraux, Louisiana, 1995


Student Travel Tour Leader: Italy (2018), Paris (2016), Spain (2014), Greece (2012), New Mexico (2009), and Italy (2006)

Six-week cultural tour of Pacific Northwestern U.S. and British Columbia, Summer 2014 

Five-week cultural tour of Peru, 2011

Six-week art and culture tour of Bali, Summer 1993


Surdna Foundation Fellowship Prospectus, Cover Art, 2010-14

ETC: A Review of General Semantics, Volume 66-4, Cover Art, October 2009

Times Picayune, New Orleans, Louisiana, May 2003, Art Review

New Orleans Review, November 2002, A Dialogue with History: Lenin Busted, Review 

Honolulu Advertiser, September 1999 and 2000, Art Review


Rachel Basye, Director, Art Students League of Denver, 200
Grant Street, Denver, CO. 80203, 303 778-6990

Miranda Odom, Assistant Principal, Denver School of the Arts, (720) 424-1700,

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