The Pennsylvania State University

School of Visual Arts

SoVA Art Education Alumnus Dr. Kevin Hsieh

I cannot believe that time passes so quickly. It has been five years since I received my Ph.D. in Art Education from Penn State in 2008. The doctoral program in Art Education at Penn State was not only training me in being an active researcher, but also preparing me for endless possibilities and potentials in the fields of visual art and art education. I always feel so lucky that art is part of me and it cannot be separated from my daily life. Sometimes I wonder how can people live without art? I am an art lover! Before I came to the United States for my doctoral degree in 2004, I taught visual art at the Si-Wei Elementary School for six years in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan. While I was teaching full-time, I decided to go back to school for my master’s degree in visual art and I received an M.F.A. in art history from the National Ping-Tung University of Education in Taiwan. It was a hard decision for me when I had to decide whether I should come to Penn State to study or not, because I would be far away from my family, more than 8,000 miles and at least 21 hours away by flight. However, it was one of the best decisions I have ever made and I do not regret it at all. During my studies, I met so many good professors and many have become my mentors and friends. They all have taught me different things that you cannot learn from textbooks or research articles. We always complain that the school did not teach me this and did not tell me that. I would say it is not about content but about how to find effective ways to solve problems. I currently hold a faculty position in art education at the Georgia State University.  I am also the director of the Georgia Art Education Association, where I received the 2012 Higher Education Teacher of the Year Award.  I joined the art education team at Georgia State University in 2008. As a junior faculty member, there were so many things new to me and I had no idea what they were. I was not afraid to ask around for solutions. The more you ask, the more you learn. With this in mind, I learned so many valuable lessons, some good and some cruel. Only one thing keeps me going: teaching and making art. My current research and teaching interests include: interdisciplinary art education, Chinese art history (Northern Song Dynasty landscape painting), museum education, art administration, and instructional technology in art education. I have presented research articles and papers both in the United States and abroad. My articles have been published in several research journals, such as Art Education, Museology Quarterly, Humanities and Social Sciences Research, Journal of Fine Arts, and Journal of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. My works have been shown both nationally and internationally. I have also directed a study abroad program in China and conducted cross-nation research and teaching projects.