Assistant Professor, Art
Art Bldg, Room 138
University of Georgia
Gloria J. Wilson is Assistant Professor of Art and Visual Culture Education. Also an artist and public scholar, she has presented her research nationally and internationally highlighting the intersections of racial identity and arts participation in and through visual culture. Most recently her scholarship uses arts-based research approaches/methodologies to examine and represent the lives of scholars of color (SoC) in the arts and education. Before returning to complete her PhD at the University of Georgia, Gloria taught visual art for 13 years in public school secondary environments in Alabama and Virginia. She has been the recipient of a Fulbright award to study art, education and culture in Tokyo and Ogi Saga, Japan and has presented workshops exploring creative thinking dispositions for Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Project Zero. Gloria has also been an invited artist/speaker for Spelman College’s Museum of Art BLACK BOX series and the Belcourt Theater Science on Screenspeaker series (Nashville, TN).
She currently serves on editorial review boards for the Art Education journal and The Journal of Social Theory in Art Education. As the Pre-service representative of NAEA's PLR, she remains committed to research in pre-service contexts and providing support for K-12 students and the community. Her outreach has positioned her in leadership roles such as Art Program Director for the Athens/Clarke County Migrant Education Program, appointed member of NAEA's National Task Force on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (2018-19), and member of The Nashville Arts Commission Racial Equity in Arts Leadership (2017-18). She facilitates recurring race-conscious arts-based workshops for in-sevice art teachers and the broader public at various art museums in North America.
Her current research, art-making, and pedagogical practices are grounded in critical arts-based inquiry and methodologies and include a forthcoming art installation dedicated to honoring the lives of the descendants of Clotilda survivors in Africatown, Mobile AL.