Olivia Gude was named a Distinguished Fellow of the National Art Education Association in 2019.
Olivia Gude is the Chair of Art Education and the Angela Gregory Paterakis Professor of Art Education at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a Professor Emerita at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In 2014 she was awarded the National Art Education Association’s “art education article of the year” Manuel Barkan Award as well as the Illinois Art Education Association’s Higher Education Art Educator of the Year. Gude received the 2009 NAEA Viktor Lowenfeld Award for significant contributions to the field of art education. Gude is a member of the Council for Policy Studies in Art Education. From 2012 to 2014, Gude was a member of the Visual Arts writing team for the Next Generation National Core Visual Arts Standards.
Gude’s research focuses on developing new paradigms for visual art curriculum, including the articles: Postmodern Principles: In Search of a 21st Century Art Education, Principles of Possibility: Considerations for a 21st Century Art and Culture Curriculum, New School Art Styles: the Project of Art Education, and Art Education for Democratic Life.
Gude is the Founding Director of the Spiral Workshop, a curriculum research project providing art classes for urban teens. Spiral Workshop curriculum is made available to teachers on the Spiral Art Education website— http://spiral.aa.uic.edu and the National Art Education Association e-Portfolios http://naea.digication.com/omg/ and http://naea.digication.com/spiral/
Gude has created more than 50 mural and mosaic projects, often working in collaboration with community members. She has received many grants, commissions, and awards, including two National Endowment for the Arts grants for public artworks, an Arts Midwest Regional Fellowship in Painting, and an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship for Outstanding Achievement in the Visual Arts. She is a Core Artist of the Chicago Public Art Group and edited the CPAG’s on-line Community Public Art Guide: Making Murals, Mosaics, Sculptures, and Spaces. www.cpag.net Her writing on community-based public art includes “Innovators and Elders, Painting in the Streets,” in Cultural Activisms: Poetic Voices, Political Voices and the book Urban Art Chicago: a Guide to Community Murals, Mosaics, and Sculptures.
In recent years, Gude has united her work as a community artist and art educator by creating participatory spaces in which teachers investigate and re-invent the social practice of art education. These include organizing a Manifesta of Art Education at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago (2012) and a gathering of the Skeptical Assessment Society at Virginia Commonwealth University (2013).
Gude frequently presents lectures and workshops on transforming art education curriculum, the role of museums in arts education, community art practices, and on her work as a collaborative public artist. She has presented in many universities and museums, including the University of Texas Austin, the University of British Columbia, New York University, Pratt Institute, The Ohio State University, Pennsylvania State University, the University of Toronto, the Rhode Island School of Design, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, MASS Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum, the Walker Art Center, the Dallas Art Museum, and the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art. In 2010, Gude presented on the use of workshop methods to introduce the public to contemporary art at the Den Frie Contemporary Art Center in Copenhagen.
Gude works with art teachers to foster the collaborative creation of new curriculum models in urban and suburban school districts, including the Chicago Public Schools, Atlanta Public Schools, Cobb County School District in Georgia, Fort Worth Independent School District, Naperville School District, New Trier High School, Tampa public schools, the Los Angeles United School District, and the Singapore Ministry of Education.
Gude has served as the keynote speaker for arts education conferences in Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Idaho, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin, Wyoming, and Utah as well as for the Manitoba Association for Art Education and the Canadian Society for Education through Art conferences in Ontario and in British Columbia. Gude has presented keynote addresses for the Korean Society for Education through Art (2011) and for the 2013 Singapore Arts Education conference. In 2012, Gude was chosen to present a Supersession at the National Art Education Association conference in NYC–Evocative & Provocative Pedagogy: Towards a Culture Changing Curriculum.