Kryssi Staikidis, associate professor of art education in the NIU School of Art, has received the 2014 Western Region Higher Education Art Educator of the Year Award from the National Art Education Association.
This prestigious award, determined through a peer review of nominations, recognizes the exemplary contributions, service and achievements of an outstanding NAEA member annually at the regional level within their division. The award will be presented at the NAEA National Convention, which takes place from Saturday, March 29, through Monday, March 31, in San Diego.
“This award is being given to recognize excellence in professional accomplishment and service by a dedicated art educator,” NAEA President Dennis Inhulsen said. “Kryssi Staikidis exemplifies the highly qualified art educators active in education today: leaders, teachers, students, scholars and advocates who give their best to their students and the profession.”
Staikidis, who came to NIU in 2004, conducts research in the areas of indigenous pedagogy, art studio practice as a site for research and visual culture/critical pedagogy in the classroom. In 2007, she was awarded a Faculty Development Grant to further her research with Mayan artists in Guatemala.
Members include elementary, secondary, middle level and high school art teachers; university and college professors; education directors who oversee education in our nation’s fine art museums, administrators and supervisors who oversee art education in school districts, state departments of education, arts councils; and teaching artists throughout the United States and many foreign countries.
The organization advances visual arts education to fulfill human potential and promote global understanding.