Marilyn Stewart, Ph.D., The Dinner Party Curriculum Project Director, is Professor of Art Education at KU, co-author of the textbook program, Explorations in Art, co-author of Rethinking Curriculum in Art, author of Thinking Through Aesthetics, and editor of the Art Education in Practice series, all published by Davis Publications. A frequent keynote speaker and consultant in national curriculum projects, she has conducted over 200 extended institutes, seminars, or in-service days in over 25 states. The National Art Education Association named Dr. Stewart the 2011 National Art Educator of the Year.
Amy Pfeiler-Wunder, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Art Education at Kutztown University. A recent transplant from the rolling hills of eastern Iowa to the rolling mountains of Pennsylvania, she received her doctorate in teaching and learning-art from the University of Iowa. Her research examines how the art curriculum unfolds and is interpreted through the lens of socioeconomic status. She presents annually at both regional and national conferences. Her teaching experience includes thirteen years with pre-K-9th graders in various settings. The Iowa Art Education Association named her the Elementary Art Educator for the year 2006. Currently, she is working on a joint research project with a KU graduate student and on several writing projects. In her spare time, she creates artist books. This is Amy's third year as part of The Dinner Party Institute Team.
Nicole M. Romanski is an adjunct professor in the Department of Art Education and Crafts at Kutztown University. She enjoys teaching courses such as Teaching Art and Visual Culture in Elementary Settings, Art Education Early Field Experience, Student Teaching and Integrating the Arts into the Elementary Classroom. Prior to her experience at Kutztown, she was an elementary art teacher. Nicole is interested in the transfer between one aesthetic essence to another and specifically the dialogue between visual arts and dance. Visit her website to view her artwork at nicoleromanski.wordpress.com.
Presently, she is pursuing her Doctoral of Philosophy in Educational Leadership at Alvernia University. Her research interests include arts integration and dialogic pedagogy. This is Nicole's third year as part of The Dinner Party Institute Team.
Dolores E. Eaton is a graduate student, Kutztown University. Prior to focusing on an M.Ed. in Art Education, Dolores worked for 14 years as an art educator. She co-designed and facilitated art and drama tours to England for high-school students and created a middle-school art and drama interdisciplinary program. In more recent years she directed a professional art gallery within an educational setting, carrying out curatorial as well as educational facets of the gallery. Her thesis will focus on feminist methodology and issues-based art education.
Amy Albert Bloom Amy Albert Bloom received her M.Ed. in art education at Kutztown University, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in art education and women’s studies at Penn State. A former toy designer and high school art teacher, Amy has contributed to lesson plans accompanying the PBS series Craft in America. Her research interests concern gender roles within schools. Her artwork incorporates toys and other popular media to comment on social issues.
Carrie Miller is a graduate assistant for The Dinner Party Institute and a graduate student at Kutztown University. She received her BFA at the Rochester Institute of Technology where she majored in Illustration and recently obtained her K-12 Art Education Certification at Kutztown University. Before choosing to go back to school she worked as a graphic designer for 12 years. She also spent two years teaching graphic design courses to post-secondary students pursuing their Associate's degree. She teaches drawing and painting classes at the Schuylkill County Council of the Arts in the summer and in her spare time, she can be found enjoying the outdoors and making art with her 7-year-old son and playing superheros with her 4-year-old son.