State Art Educators To Gather At Concord University For Annual Conference

For Immediate Release: 
Oct 10 2011

CONTACT: Sarah Dalton
Concord University
Office of Advancement
PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712
(304) 384-6312,


ATHENS, W.Va. – Art educators from around the state will gather on Concord University’s Athens campus for the 2011 West Virginia Art Education Association (WVAEA) Conference Friday, Oct. 21 through Saturday, Oct. 22. The keynote speaker will be John “Jack” Deskins, coordinator for the arts at the West Virginia Department of Education.

The purpose of the WVAEA is to advance art education and promote the arts as essential elements in education programs. Conference participants will have the opportunity to network with other educators and art education students. They will be attending 33 sessions on topics such as e-learning, rethinking visual art curriculum, literacy in the arts and planning lessons around multiple intelligences. Topics for studio-based sessions include the Haiti House Project, repousse, linoleum block tattooing and Drapanki egg decorating.

Dr. Lauri Lydy Reidmiller, assistant professor of art at Concord, is the 2011 conference chair and coordinator as well as president-elect of the WVAEA. Reidmiller will be presenting a session on fabric dying with Concord art education students Brittany Cantley, Kate Armentrout and Kayla Tilley.

Many of the Concord University National Art Education Association student chapter members will be actively involved in the conference. Reidmiller said, “My students have assisted with presentations and outreach projects in local schools. They have also accompanied me to state and national conferences, and they now have the skills and confidence to conduct their own presentations.”

Concord students who will be presenting at the upcoming conference include Holly Jackson, David Poticher, Tim Hiner, Tiffany Blair, Jacqueline Trent and Crystal Richmond. Concord art education alumni Susan Hatchett and Victoria McInturff will also be presenting.

For more information about the conference, visit the WVAEA website at