Don’t let your artistic talents go to waste — with a degree in art education, you can help K-12 students tap into their creative imaginations as an art educator, or you can practice art education in a public setting, such as a museum or community center. With an art education major at Mercyhurst, you’ll explore contemporary issues, research and practice in the visual arts and in art education. You’ll also gain more than 100 hours of observation before completing required student-teaching hours. This program is designed so that all majors are eligible to sit for the Pennsylvania Department of Education teaching certification upon graduation.
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Chairperson, Associate Professor Office:HC 101 Phone:(814) 824-3313 Email:email@example.com
In 1989 her graphic design career began as the art director for the local Public Radio/TV station WQLN. In ’92 She joined the marketing department at National Public Radio in Washington DC where she eventually became art director. Moving back to Erie five years later, she was hired as the first web designer for Cyberink-lp which went on to create Erie's Newspaper site, Goerie.com. She has continued to work as a designer throughout her teaching career. Ms. Hopper has exhibited her digital fine art photography for 7 years and is currently combining her passion as a creative seamstress/costume designer with photography. In 2011, She presented at the International Society for Tech and Eduction (ISTE) on applying art and communication theory to e-learning for better reception of information. Her role in the Mercyhurst Art Department began in 1998 when she took over the Graphic Design Program developing the curriculum from a handful of programs in publication design to a major that includes website design and development as part of the publication focus. In addition to coordinating the graphic design offerings, Ms. Hopper advises design students towards their goals including course selection, internships, employment, and minors. She also coordinates the efforts of the AIGA affiliated design club, AdPro.
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In addition to being an artist-in-residence at the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire on two occasions, Mr. Burke has won prizes and honors in over 60 juried competitions; winning awards in 28 national and international shows. He was awarded a Mid-Atlantic Arts Council grant for works on paper and was four times a recipient of a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Visual Arts Fellowship, most recently in 2008. In 2001 Edinboro University of Pennsylvania named him a Distinguished Alumnus in Art. To date, Mr. Burke has had twenty-six one-person shows. He has been listed in Who’s Who in American Art since 1973; Who’s Who in the East; Dictionary of International Biography; International Directory of the Arts; Outstanding Young Men of America; International Who’s Who in Art and Antiques; Biographical Directory of American Artists; Who’s Who in Society and other publications. The artist’s paintings, drawings, and installations are in numerous permanent, corporate and private collections.
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From 1992 to 2004, he was the Director of the Cummings Gallery. He has exhibited in museums and galleries, locally and nationally including the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, Pa., the Erie Art Museum, Chautauqua Art Association, CEPA Gallery in Buffalo, New York, Shroeder-Romero in New York, New York, Silver Eye Gallery in Pittsburgh and the Aschermann Gallery in Cleveland, Ohio. Mr. Cardot frequently organizes bus and van trips for art majors to the many regional art museums throughout the tri-state region. He is also the advisor to the Photography Club.
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Heather started her career working in the mental health field in 1994 as an art therapist facilitating and directing group therapy programs for adults with severe mental illnesses. She has directed both Adult Partial Hospitalization and Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement Programs in a community mental health setting.
Heather is a registered and board certified art therapist with supervisor credential designated by the Art Therapy Credentials Board and a licensed social worker in the state of Ohio. She is a professional member of both the American Art Therapy Association and the Buckeye Art Therapy Association and presented at annual conferences for both organizations. She has served as the Publication Chair for the Buckeye Art Therapy Association.
Heather began working with art therapy students as an on site supervisor at Ravenwood Health in Chardon, Ohio in 1995 overseeing graduate level art therapy students during their internship placements. She began teaching graduate level art therapy courses at Ursuline College in 1999. Coursework taught on a graduate level has included Group Art Therapy and Art Therapy Techniques. In addition, she has served as a thesis reader and co-instructor for Art Therapy Research classes. In 2016, she went on a Service Learning Trip to Nepal working with art therapy students in a school setting. She recently began teaching at Mercyhurst University in 2016.
Clinical Experience & Interests:
Group Art Therapy
Adults being treated for mental illnesses and substance abuse disorders
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His first 12 years of teaching were part-time as he made his living as a ceramic artist from 1980-1992. He began teaching full-time and was named the Director of the Art Department in 1992, holding this position until to 2001. He was then named Chair of the Art Department and held that position from 2003 to 2008, becoming chair again this year. His resume includes 15 awards in national and regional exhibitions including the Pennsylvania Council of Arts Grant and a National Endowment for the Arts/Mid-Atlantic Art Foundation Regional Fellowship. Tom has exhibited his ceramic work in 10 one-person exhibitions over the last 12 years and has an extensive exhibition record of national and regional juried and invitational shows. His work can be found in numerous permanent, corporate and private collections as well as in wide selection of publications. Tom initiated and has been a regular advisor to the Empty Bowls fundraiser that has brought together the Art Education Club, the Art Therapy Club, the Social Work Club and numerous volunteers to raise thousands of dollars for the Second Harvest Food Bank in Erie, Pennsylvania.