Where Is the Color in Art Education?

  • Pamela Harris Lawton


Using the qualitative research approaches of portraiture and narrative inquiry with a Critical Race Theory lens, this lived practices chapter examines how racism and White privilege impact art and art teacher education. The life histories of art educators of color, gathered through interviews and questionnaires, address why so few Black women, in particular, pursue careers in art and art education. This research seeks to uncover, understand, and problematize the factors contributing to this phenomenon and suggest strategies for amelioration. Analytic induction of narrative evidence suggests that three recurring perceptions may account for low numbers of artist/educators of color: economic factors; lack of education about art/education as a profession and/or the low reputation of art/education as a profession; and scarcity of artist/educator role models of color.


Art educators of color Narrative inquiry in art education Portraiture research in art education Critical race theory and art education Perceptions of art/art education 


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  • Pamela Harris Lawton
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  1. 1.Virginia Commonwealth UniversityRichmondUSA

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