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Renee Sandell, Ph.D.


Renee Sandell, Ph.D.Renee Sandell's expertise is the result of over 45 years of art teaching experience in classrooms and museums, and includes creating art and presenting at Rancho La Puerta in Tecate, Mexico. Most recently, Renee has led online Visual Fitness 4 All workshops that connect art and virtues with the COVID-19 pandemic. She is founding director of the expeditionary museum-based SummerVision DC program, which she designed and has delivered for the National Art Education Association (NAEA) since 2010.

Previously director and professor of art education at George Mason University (2004-2014) and professor of art education at Maryland Institute College of Art (1990-2003), Renee was a 1980 fellow at the National Endowment for the Arts. Co-author of two books on gender issues, she has published numerous articles, book chapters, and art curricula, and creates and exhibits her artwork. Winner of the 2019 Lowenfeld Award, recognized as 2015-2016 distinguished lecturer in art education at Miami University, and named 2013 NAEA National Art Educator, Renee has received numerous awards for her leadership and scholarship on a Balanced Way of Seeing® using her Form+Theme+Context® and Marking & Mapping®, an accessible form of visual meaning-making to build visual fitness in everyone.