Professor Selected as Utah Art Educator of the Year

Published: September 25, 2014 | Read Time: 2 minutes

Deb Snider with arts class.Education to Southern Utah University art professor Deb Snider is a lot like one of her quilts, a body of work deliberately stitched together to create a harmonious design. It is this eccentric form of teaching that has led Snider to be awarded by the Utah Art Education Association (UAEA) as the 2015 Higher Education Art Educator of the Year.

A quilter and mixed-media artist as much as she is a professor by trade, Snider’s professional portfolio includes artwork published and displayed around the world as well as top awards for art education. While an educator in Colorado, she was awarded in 2009 Colorado’s Higher Education Art Educator of the Year.

But it was more than her worldwide acclaim that led Snider to receive this award from UAEA. She was chosen for her inspirational force to spark the minds of students, art patrons and community members to enjoy the visual arts and her tireless devotion to art education.

With the announcement of Snider’s UAEA award, Shauna Mendini, dean of the College of Performing and Visual Arts, hailed the organization’s choice, “Professor Snider is an exemplary art educator who sets a high standard of quality for the students she mentors.”

Mendini went on to add, “She is dedicated to making the arts accessible to students of all ages and continually fosters collaboration across campus and into the community. She is deeply committed to arts education and is deserving of this prestigious award.”

During her time as an educator and artist, Snider has directed three community art centers in Florida, Colorado and Oregon; taught all age levels; and administered multiple programs in higher education. Snider is a visual artist in drawing, mixed media and quilt/fabric collage.

Snider will be formally presented with her award at the UAEA conference in St. George, Utah at it’s February 2015 conference.

The Utah Art Education Association advocates for and increases the quality of visual arts education through professional development, collaboration and leadership opportunities.

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