2018 USSEA/InSEA Regional Conference at Wichita State University 

Friday July 27- Sunday July 29 2018

Dear Friends,

Happy Summer! I am writing to personally invite you to the upcoming USSEA arts conference hosted at Wichita State University presented by the United States Society for Education Through Art (an interest group of the National Art Education Association) July 27 – 29th. See attached brochure.


OUR CONFERENCE THEME: Building a Civil Society through Art

Keynote artist Marie Watt (Seneca nation)


Conference Registration Link:     



Conference Rates Include: lunch, coffee break, and Friday evening reception at the WSU Ulrich Art Museum.

  • Special $40 – all ages – Saturday Community Pass for participation in the keynote presentation and quilt workshop and the Friday evening reception
  • Varied rates for High School students, College Students, K-12 Teachers, Higher Ed and Museum professionals includes full conference access

Those that wish to enjoy the full conference will be delighted by two wonderful keynote artists on Saturday and Sunday who will be speaking about community arts endeavors, followed by several breakout sessions. This conference will be very empowering for all that are passionate about the value and importance of the arts in our communities.

For those that would like to stay on campus, please register for housing at Shocker Hall: 


This conference will be of interest to all levels and ages. It would be greatly appreciated if you could please extend this invitation to your contacts - artists and educators, friends, family, and / or students. 

Artists that wish to be vendors can secure a table for as low as $25.

For other ways to support this art conference please see the attached sponsor packet.

I sincerely appreciate your assistance and I wish you a relaxing and productive Summer. I hope to see you at the conference. If you have any questions please contact me.


Lori Santos, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Art Education

Art Education Program Director

Department of Art, Design, and Creative Industries

Wichita State University


Conference Registration Linkhttps://www.enrole.com/wichita/jsp/course.jsp?categoryId=10031&courseId=CN-18-USSEA

Link to register for housing at Shocker Hallhttps://www.enrole.com/wichita/jsp/course.jsp?categoryId=10031&courseId=CN-18-USSEAHOUSING

USSEA Regional Conference Brochure & AgendaUSSEA Conference Program and Agenda RS

USSEA Regional Conference Exhibitor and Sponsor Registration is Open!

Brochure: 2018 USSEA Regional Conference Exhibitor Sponsor Packet

Registration Link: https://www.enrole.com/wichita/jsp/course.jsp?categoryId=10002&courseId=CN-18-USSEAEXH




DeadlineJanuary 15, 2019


USSEA’s Annual Edwin Ziegfeld Awards honor distinguished leaders who have made significant contributions to the National and International fields of art education. Two Ziegfeld Awards will be presented during the National Art Education Conference to be held in Boston, March 14-16, 2019.

One national award to honor an art educator from within the United States.

One international award to honor a colleague from outside the United States, who has made contributions of INTERNATIONAL significance to art education.


ELIGIBILITY: Nominees should be members of USSEA or InSEA and persons who have brought distinction to International aspects of art education through an exceptional and continuous record of achievement in scholarly writing, research, professional leadership, teaching, professional service, or community service bearing on international education in the visual arts.



The USSEA Award for Excellence in PK-12 Art Education

This USSEA award is presented to a Pk-12 art educator who has demonstrated leadership in and commitment to multicultural, cross-cultural educational strategies in their school/s and communities. This art educator actively implements an approach that builds respect for human dignity and diversity through art. The teacher must be a member of NAEA and USSEA to be recognized for their contributions. Their work must be confluent with the mission of USSEA, which is to foster “teamwork, collaboration, and communication among diverse constituencies in order to achieve greater understanding of the social and cultural aspects of art and visual culture in education.”


USSEA Award for Outstanding Master’s Thesis or Dissertation

The USSEA Graduate Thesis award is presented to a Master’s graduate whose thesis or creative component reflects the mission of USSEA: to foster teamwork, collaboration, and communication among diverse constituencies in order to achieve greater understanding of the social and cultural aspects of the arts and visual culture in education. The topic investigated in the master’s work promotes pluralistic perspectives, deepens human and cultural understanding, and/or builds respect for diverse learners.


NOMINATIONS: Nominations may be submitted by any member of USSEA, InSEA, or NAEA. Forms are available at the USSEA websitehttp://ussea.net.


E-Mail Nomination Materials to: Angela LaPorte, alaporte@uark.edu.


DEADLINE DATE: Nomination materials (nomination form, vitae, letter of nomination, and two additional letters of support) are due by January 15, 2019. Letters of nomination, acceptance, and support must be written in English. Recipients will be recognized at the annual NAEA conference.

**Past awardees are listed on the USSEA Website, http://ussea.net/awards/. Please consider nominating a member of USSEA or InSEA who has not yet been recognized.


Wichita State University, Kansas

Friday July 27- Sunday July 29 2018

Conference Theme: Building a Civil Society Through Art

It might even be argued that the most crucial of all human rights includes the right to make your mark, model your most valued experiences, and map out your affinities, aspirations, beliefs, and counter-stories. Without the liberty to tag oneself as a person that matters, to transmit one’s personal and social experience to others without censorship, and to make special one’s place in the world without assault, prohibition or diminishment, human agency is curtailed. (Rolling, 2016)   


In “uncertain times,” contemporary art practices are transformed to meet, address, and possibly solve urgent problems and challenge social and political conventions. Collaborative, dialogic, social, cooperative, participatory, and process-based art is on the radar in a way that has not been seen since the 1980s culture wars (Kester, 2011). Curator Okwui Enwezor argued that social and political crisis forces a reappraisal “of conditions of production, reevaluation of the nature of artistic work, and a reconfiguration of the position of the artist in relation to economic, social and political institutions” (as cited in Kester, 2011, pp. 4-5). A sense of lingering threat not only affects our democratic and social public life, but most importantly to educators, our classrooms, teachers, and institutions for teacher education. The destabilization of democracy in favor of corporate privatization—ultimately the privatization of meaning—has animated contemporary art into new forms of collective action and civic engagement (Kester, 2011) in which activism and art have become inseparable.


These threats to our teaching and learning freedoms, social agency and critical thinking have also invited art educators to review the purpose of art as a collective process that can reclaim an effective connection to social and public life. With the courage to examine the most difficult and controversial issues, as well as investigate new art forms in the classroom that might not end in material production, we can forefront enduring, open dialogue that changes students’ perspectives. Nato Thompson (2015) describes this new form of cultural production as increasingly focused on new experiences in which the activation of social discourse is the artwork.


Thompson (2015) argues that educators have a responsibility as part of a primary site in the circulation of meaning he calls an “infrastructure of resonance,” which gives us the possibility of making change by infiltrating the infrastructure with new languages of art practice. For example, art forms of protest based on social aesthetics (dialogic art) and tactical media (interventionist art) are reaching expanded audiences. How do we create these spaces for personal change in the classroom and the public square so that each becomes an “experiment without end” (p. 134)? How can art teachers safely open new physical spaces where new ideas can happen?


Relevant topics for submission under the theme “Building a Civil Society Through Art might include, but not limited to:


What is the personal, social, and political responsibility of art educators to build a civil society within the art classroom?


What might the future of art education hold if it embraced political action for social justice


What concepts/ideas in contemporary art are most effective in establishing social justice?


What presumptions need to be challenged in order to create social justice in art education?


What has been successful in establishing social justice in art education so far, where do we need to go?


Please see the submission form below

Complete and send the submission form to Lori Santos, lorisantosarted@gmail.com



Kester, G. H. (2011). The one and the many: Contemporary collaborative art in a global context. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

Thompson, N. (2015). Seeing power: Art and activism in the 21st century. New York, NY: Melville House.

Wexler, A. & Sabbaghi, V. (In press). Bridging communities through socially engaged art. New York, NY: Routledge.


Deadline for submissions: February 28, 2018



Wichita State University, Kansas

Friday July 27- Sunday July 29 2018

Deadline for submissions: February 28, 2018 to Lori Santos, lorisantosarted@gmail.com


 Conference Theme: Building a Civil Society Through Art  (Click here  download Proposal Form)

1.      Title of Proposal


2.      Name and Title of Presenter:


      a.      Affiliation

      b.      Email:


3. Co-Presenter/s___________________________email.__________________



4. Please check below (session or workshop)

  1. Session: 50 minutes (list A/V equipment needs/ please provide your own laptop)


  1. Workshop: 90 minutes (list A/V equipment needs/ please provide your own laptop)


  1. Other (please describe)



5. 45 word (maximum) Catalogue Description:



6. 150-250- word description of your proposed Session/Workshop:








About The Organization

The United States Society for Education Through the Arts (USSEA) commits to actively lead and support multicultural and cross cultural initiatives that foster teamwork, collaboration, and communication among diverse constituencies in order to achieve greater understanding of the social and cultural aspects of the arts and visual culture in education.

USSEA was founded in 1977 as an affiliate of the International Society for Education Through Art (InSEA) and the National Art Education Association (NAEA). It is a national association representing persons working in curriculum development, teaching, and research related to art education and cultural knowledge. USSEA is a society of art educators who share interests in multicultural and cross-cultural concerns in art education with others nationally and internationally to promote greater understanding and respect for learners from all backgrounds through research, art curricula, instruction, and practices that are inclusive and sensitive.

USSEA encourages information sharing and distribution by arranging meetings and sponsoring multicultural and cross-cultural programs at the annual NAEA conference, organizing symposia and conferences within the United States, and supporting projects, research, and publications that are in accordance with the mission of the society. Through the USSEA website, members may access up-to date news and information about USSEA’s initiatives, programs, and opportunities.

Recently, the United States Society for Education Through the Arts (USSEA) conference was held in July  17-19, 2015 at the Queens Museum with theme of inclusive art education. Click here to read a conference news.

USSEA publishes the Journal of Cultural Research in Art Education and provides open access to the journal. The Journal of Cultural Research in Art Education’s 30th issue, which marks the first fully online and open-access edition of the journal, continues its rich heritage of exploring diversity and social justice in learning about and teaching art. Please visit the jCRAE website at www.jcrae.org for more information, or contact co-Senior Editors Karen Hutzel at hutzel.4@osu.edu or Ryan Shin at shin@email.arizona.edu.



  1. Mary Stokrocki says:

    Wow! didn’t know all these photos were up! Great coverage. Keep up the good work. I particularly like the images from 2011 Insea Conference in Budapest. Add images of the place as well.


  2. Christine Ballengee Morris says:

    I really liked all the photos and think that a call should be made to members regarding past photos of the the award winners. There are photos out there and they should be posted too. This website is fantastic.

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