UNC Asheville’s Mark Sidelnick Named Art Educator of the Year in Asheville, NC

Mark Sidelnick, associate professor of Education and coordinator of Arts Education Licensure at UNC Asheville, in Asheville, NC, has been named Art Educator of the Year by the North Carolina Art Education Association (NCAEA).

Sidelnick was honored for his teaching, mentoring and significant contributions to art education statewide. He is co-author of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction art education curriculum K-12, and he chaired the committee that wrote the professional licensure standards for North Carolina art teachers.

Sidelnick, who joined the UNC Asheville faculty in 1993, teaches courses in art methods and instruction for future K-12 teachers, and supervises student teachers in the field. Dedicating himself to nurturing students’ love for exploring, discovering and sharing, Sidelnick says he strives to “serve as a role model, by staying fresh in my own ideas and approaches and remaining enthusiastic in my own learning.” Sidelnick is also a touring docent at the Asheville Art Museum.

Sidelnick had been previously honored by NCAEA as Outstanding Higher Education Teacher of the Year; this spring he was honored as North Carolina’s overall Art Educator of the Year at the National Art Education Association’s annual conference. The NCAEA is a professional, non-profit educational association dedicated to the promotion of visual arts education in North Carolina through a focus on leadership, service, and education.

The North Carolina Art Education Association is a professional, non-profit educational association dedicated to the promotion of visual arts education in the state of North Carolina. Their mission is: “To promote and improve the quality of art education in the state of North Carolina. NCAEA will focus on three broad categories to accomplish its goals: LEADERSHIP, SERVICE and ORGANIZATION.”

NCAEA is an active advocate for promoting visual arts education in public and private schools K-12, higher education, museums, arts centers, arts councils, and across the state.

The association embraces members from public and private schools, Pre-K- educators at institutions of higher education, museums, and community arts education programs. It aims to provide and stimulate professional participation and leadership development by promoting knowledge of and the production of the arts, and by promoting sound methods and philosophies for teaching art. The association provides an important forum for group study and discussion of the issues concerning arts education in our state. It included membership categories for arts educators in the following areas: elementary, middle level, secondary, supervision/administration, higher education, student, museum, and retired art educators.

For further information call 828/251-6526 or e-mail to (news@unca.edu). For info about NCAEA visit (http://ncaea.org/).

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