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KATHY MIRAGLIA: Biography

Kathy Marzilli Miraglia holds an Ed.D in the Teacher Education and School Improvement Doctoral Program from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Art in painting and a Master of Art Education from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

Kathy teaches in the graduate and undergraduate programs in Art Education as an Assistant Professor of Art Education in the College of Visual & Performing Arts at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. She is the Director of the Master of Art Education Program.

In 1994, her elementary art program was awarded the Outstanding Arts Program and in 1996 was named Outstanding Arts Educator by the Massachusetts Alliance for the Arts. In 2005, she received the Higher Education Art Educator of the Year award by the Massachusetts Art Education Association.

Kathy's research takes two forms: standard scholarship as well as creative art. She recently published an article "Slowly Building a Career Path" in Lynn Beurdert's book titled Pedagogy and Change: Foundations for the Art Teacher Educator (2006). This book focused on issues of art teacher education. Kathy's research concerns issues of in-service and pre-service teachers and co-authored an article titled "May Day! May Day!: Heeding an Urgent Call from Novice Teachers" published in Classroom Leadership, ASCD on-line, June 2003/Volume 6/Number 9. She has been active in presenting her research findings at state and national venues such as the National Art Education Association and the New England Educational Research Organization.

Her artwork is featured in the book A Passion for Teaching, ASCD (1999). Kathy maintains a national exhibition record and a private studio where she pursues drawing and painting. Her paintings investigate the important roles woman have played throughout history drawing on the heroic female figure and reflecting her interest in biblical narrative, mythology, and history. The images that she creates are also influenced by trips to Italy, in particular, Sicily having been inspired by rich Moorish and Byzantine mosaics and patterns that are prevalent in Sicilian architecture.

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