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Kathy Miraglia


Art Education, Art History & Media Studies



College of Visual & Performing Arts 204D




Kathy Marzilli Miraglia teaches in the graduate and undergraduate programs in Art Education as a Professor of Art Education in the College of Visual & Performing Arts at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Kathy 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.

In 2017 Kathy was awarded the Kathy Connor’s Teaching award from The National Art Education Association (NAEA) Women’s Caucus. In 2005, she received the Higher Education Art Educator of the Year award by the Massachusetts Art Education Association. 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 2016 she presented three national Webinars sponsored by the NAEA’s Research Commission: Research in the Art Room: Stories from Teachers; Classroom-based Teacher Research in Art Education; and What is Research? From gatherer to cultivator: Making the most of data in the classroom.

Her most recent publications include:

Miraglia, K. M. & Smilan, C. (Eds). (2014). Inquiry in action: Paradigms, methodologies and perspectives in art education research. Reston, VA: The National Art Education Association.

Klein, S. & Miraglia, K.M. (2017). Developing Visually Reflective Practices: An Integrated Model for Self-Study. Art Education, March, 25-30.

Miraglia, K. M. (2017). Creating authentic preservice teaching experiences through service- learning In L. Nanney Hersey & B. Bobick (Eds) Handbook of research on the facilitation of civic engagement through community art (117-152).Hersey, PA: IGI Global Publications.

Miraglia, K.M. (2017). Learning in situ: Situated cognition and culture learning in a study abroad program. In R. Shin (Ed.). Convergence of contemporary art education, visual culture, and global civic engagement (pp.121-141).Hersey, PA: IGI Global Publications. 

Miraglia, K. (in press). Women’s Leadership in the Arts. In K. Keifer-Boyd, L. Hoeptner-Poling, S. Klein, W. Knight, and A. Pérez de Miles, NAEA Women’s Caucus Lobby Activism Book: Based on the Lobby themes since 2008. NAEA and Taylor and Francis Publishers.

Currently she serves as the Preservice Division representative to the NAEA Research Commission. Previously she served as Higher Education Eastern Division Director for NAEA, as secretary on the board directors for the New England Educational Research Organization, reviewer for Art Education the Journal for NAEA, and as chairperson of the board of directors of the New Bedford Art Museum/Artworks. 

Kathy Miraglia is a practicing artist and has exhibited her drawings, paintings and pastels nationally and regionally. 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.

Red Veil
Tristezza (detail)
Lamentata (detail)
I Dreamed I was Floating
Pensiersoso (detail)

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