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Honoring an Arts Educator

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Judith Burton

Jutith Burton Receiving Award

Judith Burton, Director of the Art and Art Education Program, was honored in December by the University Council for Art Education (UCAE) for her "Significant Contribution to UCAE and Higher Arts Education Leadership." She was also honored by the New York State Art Education Association and by the New York Public Schools for her leadership in promoting art education in the state and city schools.

Burton has been directing the Art and Art Education Program at TC since 1990 and served as Chair of TC's Art and Humanities Department from 1996 to 2000. In 1993, Burton and Professor of Music Education Harold Abeles founded TC's Center for Research in Arts Education, an interdisciplinary group investigating national assessment and evaluation projects, and issues of learning and transfer of learning in the arts. In 1996, Burton founded the Heritage School in Harlem, a comprehensive high school incorporating the arts as part of its core curriculum.

Burton chaired the Art Education Department at Boston University and also taught at the Massachusetts College of Art. She received her Ed.D. in Human Development from Harvard University in 1980. Her research focuses on the artistic and aesthetic development of children and adolescents and the implications this has for teaching and learning.

Burton is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts in Great Britain, a Distinguished Fellow of the National Art Education Association (NAEA), a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, China, and a trustee of Maine's Haystack Mountain School for Craft. She has received many awards for her research, publications and overall contributions, including NAEA's highest honor, the Viktor Lowenfeld Award for lifetime achievement.

UCAE is a not-for-profit professional organization committed to the promotion of exemplary instruction in the visual arts at every educational level and includes membership of international college, university and museum educators, supervisors and administrators.

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