Feb 27th 2018

UIC’s new BFA in Art Education program invites you to a panel discussion with Chicago high school art teachers. Panelists will talk about what inspired them to become art teachers, how their own artistic practices shape the work they do with their students, and what a meaningful career in art education can look like. Bring your questions!

Light refreshments will be served.


Paulina Camacho, Chair of Art Department, Benito Juarez Community Academy, is an educator and artist who lives and works in Chicago, IL. When she was five years old, her family emigrated from central Mexico to the South-Side of Chicago. Growing up in this part of the city, Paulina was afforded a range of diverse cultural experiences which continue to inform her work as highschool teacher, an artist, and social activist. In 2008, after completing her B.A. in Art History, Paulina worked with Enlace Chicago as a community schools resource coordinator for Little Village-Lawndale High School. After completing her Masters of Arts in Teaching at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, Paulina became a member of the visual arts department at Benito Juarez Community Academy. Her pedagogical practice is her current artistic work. In her interactions with young people, Paulina explores a variety of current social issues. Her collaboration with various collectives also inform her curriculum development. Paulina is a member of The Chicago ACT Collective and the Villapalooza organizing committee.

Miriam Dolnick, Art Teacher, Nicholas Senn High School, is a third year CPS teacher, a born Chicagoan, teaching artist, and CPS graduate. She received her Master of Arts in Teaching from the School of the Art Institute in 2015 and graduated from Earlham College in 2010. Before becoming a CPS teacher, she co-taught in the Drawing and Painting and Mosaic programs at Gallery 37/After School Matters. Miriam currently teaches at Senn High School in Edgewater working with neighborhood and magnet students enrolled in the Senn Arts Program. Her own work takes the form of collage, mixed media, and painting.

Casey Murtaugh, Art Teacher, Nicholas Senn High School, is an artist and educator living and working in Chicago. She received a Master of Arts in Teaching from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2013, a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts from Columbia College in 2006 and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Illinois State University in 2002. Concealing and revealing are the two guiding forces behind her artmaking practice. Her work has been shown in galleries and festivals throughout the city of Chicago. Casey currently teaches Art 1 classes as well as Multi Media I and II within Senn Arts, a selective enrollment program, at Nicholas Senn High School.

Madilyn Strentz, Chair of Art Department, Back of the Yards High School, is a National Board Certified Chicago Public School visual arts teacher of twelve years and working photographer, and has served as the Fine Arts Department Chair for two high schools. She teaches digital art making and advanced studio arts at Back of the Yards College Preparatory High School, while serving on the school’s Instructional Leadership Team to coordinate curricular goals, provide professional development, and coach teachers. Madilyn teaches Cyberpedagogy, a graduate art education course at School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and has presented her curriculum at the National Art Education Association annual conference. She received a BFA in Art Education with concentration in Electronic Imaging at UIC, Chicago in 2006, and an M.Ed in Educational Studies and English as Second Language at UIC, Chicago in 2012.
Follow her department’s work on Instagram @boycp_finearts

UIC’s Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education major (BFAAE) is designed to prepare undergraduate students to become licensed art teachers at the secondary level (9-12th grades) in the state of Illinois. The program’s goal is to prepare excellent artist/art teachers who are passionate, community-engaged, and committed to student success.

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IMAGE: Pearl Williams, Senn High School

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