Ph.D. Candidate in Art Education
Area of Study:
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Yang Deng is a fourth-year Ph.D. Candidate in Art Education at Penn State School of Visual Arts (SoVA). Her research focus is on the internationalization of art education. She taught ART 20 Introduction to Drawing in resident and currently works as an assistant for online Art 20. Her three-years teaching experiences inspired her using drawing as one of the visual-based narrative inquiry methods and methodologies. She graduated from the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts (GAFA) in China and received a B.F.A. degree in Decorative Art & Design. It was a four-year major that allowed her to build a wide foundation and explore various art mediums in fields of fine arts, traditional Chinese crafts, and design (selected artwork is shown in the following pages). Inspired by a conversation with an exchange student from the U.S. at GAFA, she decided to pursue her master degree overseas and received a M.A. in Art Education from Adelphi University in New York in 2012. After two years of teaching art in both the U.S. and China, she got interested in educational research and enrolled in Penn State SoVA since 2015. During her studies, she worked as a translator and assistant for a week-long international workshop in China with Dr. Graeme Sullivan. This experience solidified her desire in working as a bridge between Chinese and US art education and devoting herself in the research of internationalization of art education.