Elizabeth Kenneday, an associate professor of art at CSULB, has been named the Outstanding Higher Education Visual Art Educator for 2006 by the California Art Education Association (CAEA).
CAEA confers awards to recognize individuals within its membership who have achieved the highest level of professionalism in the field of art education and to show its appreciation to those individuals or organizations who have contributed their services in an exemplary way to the association and to the goals it espouses.
“I am honored to be the recipient of this award and to be recognized by the CAEA for the work I do here at Cal State Long Beach,” said Kenneday, who has taught at CSULB for six years. “I have been quite involved with art as a bridge to cultural understandings through my activities in teaching, lecturing, exhibition and community service. I think that may have been a factor in my being selected for the award.”
Kenneday, who actually has a joint faculty appointment in the Art Department of the College of the Arts and in the Liberal Studies Department of the College of Education, has been a strong advocate for art education for many years. As an active member of CAEA, she has served as a presenter at CAEA state conferences and has enthusiastically promoted membership and participation in CSEA among CSULB students.
As the visual and performing arts lead faculty member in the Liberal Studies Department as well as a single subject supervisor in art education, Kenneday has developed curriculum in both areas and developed programs that involve the local school district and art museum. In addition, she has been active in developing lesson plans in the area of environmental education, an interest that grew out of her position as Artist in Residence with the National Parks in the state and through organizations such as Park Stewardship Through the Arts and Save-the-Redwoods League.
CAEA is the professional organization dedicated to the advancement of art education at all scholastic levels in the state of California. CAEA’s purposes are to increase public awareness regarding art education, develop and implement strategies for statewide arts advocacy, inform the membership about current issues in art education, recognize the achievements of art educators and students, advocate an art requirement for graduation from secondary schools, and assist the California State Department of Education with developing and implementing curriculum materials.