Min Gu

Dr. Min Gu is an Assistant Professor of Arts Education/Community-Based Arts Education in the Department of Liberal Studies at California State University, Long Beach.

Ph.D. in Art Education, The Pennsylvania State University

Disability experiences in art classrooms have often been overlooked, dismissed, and/or stigmatized by normative understandings of art making and art learning. Challenging such disenfranchisement, Dr. Min Gu's research examines the nuanced and differentiated experiences of people with disabilities that otherwise go unrecognized by ableist art curriculum and pedagogy. Informed by the ways in which disability continuously challenges and informs the field of arts education, she also explores how differentiated experiential participation plays in the lives of students, preservice teachers, in-service teachers, and in the lives of others engaged in diverse communities.

Selected Research Projects:

Nicole Diane Storm Factory

Nicole Diane Storm Factory. In this video, Nicole Storm shows us her artmaking process in an art studio, a collaborative project among Nicole Storm, Min Gu, and Helena Gonzalez. Explore Nicole's art practice further in "Archiving Spaces: Walking, Murmuring, and Writing with Artist Nicole Storm" (Gu, 2019).

Gu, M. (2023). The Pedagogy of Waiting: A Reorientation to Time with Artists with Disabilities and Creative Growth Art Center. Disability Studies Quarterly, 43(1). https://doi.org/10.18061/dsq.v43i1.9656 


Gu, M. (2023). The Pedagogy of Waiting: A Reorientation to Time with Artists with Disabilities and Creative Growth Art Center. Disability Studies Quarterly, 43(1). https://doi.org/10.18061/dsq.v43i1.9656

Shin, R. & Lee, O. & Koo, A. & Hsieh, K. & Gu, M., (2023) “Art and Visual Intervention Strategies to Resist Racism and Racial Stereotypes”, Journal of Cultural Research in Art Education 40(1), 171-188. doi: https://doi.org/10.2458/jcrae.5543

Shin, R., Bae, J., Gu, M., Hsieh, K., Koo, A., Lee, O., Lim, E. (2022). Asian Critical Theory and Counter-Narratives of Asian American Art Educators in the U.S. Higher Education. Studies in Art Education, 63(4), 313-329. https://doi.org/10.1080/00393541.2022.2116680

Gu, M. (2022). Finding the elsewhere: Recreating spaces in academia through disability justice. National Art Education Association Column, NAEA News: Summer 2022.

Gu, M. (2022). Chuangzhaoxing de huiying: 2021 nian meiguo zhongxiaoxue meishu jiaoyu yiti gailan [Creative Responses: K-12 Art Education Challenges in the United States in 2021] In Yin S. C. (Eds.), 2022nian Zhongguo meishu jiaoyu niandu fazhan baogao [The 2022 Annual Development Report on Chinese Art Education] (pp. 221-226). Changsha: Hunan Fine Arts Publishing House, China South Publishing. 

Gu, M. (2019). Archiving Spaces: Walking, Murmuring, and Writing with Artist Nicole Storm. IMAG. The International Society for Education Through Art, 8, 16-36. DOI: 10.24981/2414-3332-7.2019-4

Sullivan, G., & Gu, M. (2017). The possibilities of research - the promise of practice. Art Education, 70(2), 49-57. https://doi.org/10.1080/00043125.2017.1274203

Gu, M (2016). Yishu zhiliao quxiang de meishu jiaoyu huodong chutan [Preliminary study of therapeutic art education: A comparative study of drawings and narratives in Beijing, China] In Wei T. Y.(Eds.), Dashuju shidai de chuangyi meishu jiaoyu: Diwujie shijie huaren meishu jiaoyu lunwenji [Art Education in the Era of Big Data: Proceedings of the 5th World Symposium of the Chinese Arts Education Association] (pp. 327-338). Shanghai: Huadong shifan daxue chubanshe [East China Normal University Press].

Gu, M. (2012). Qianfada diqu difang meishu kecheng ziyuan de kaifa yu liyong: yi Sichuansheng Chongzhoushi Wenjingjiangzhen de jiaoxue shijian weili [Exploration and Utilization of Local Resources for Art Education: A Case Study at Wenjingjiang Elementary School in Sichuan Province, China] In Yin S. (Eds.), Jiaoyu xianchang xueyuan sikao: guojia guganjiaoshi “Yuandingban” lunwenji [Perspectives in Art Education: Proceedings of the National Art Teacher Symposium] (pp. 363-384). Changsha: Hunan meishu chubanshe [Hunan Arts Press].