IWU Alum Honored for Contributions to Art Education
June 7, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - Illinois Wesleyan University alum Barbara Caldwell, '73, associate
professor of art and design at Iowa State University's College of Design, recently
received the 2006 Distinguished Service within the Profession Award from the National
Art Education Association (NAEA).
Presented at the NAEA National Convention in Chicago in March, the award recognizes
outstanding achievement and contributions to the field of art education and to national
and state art education programs. Caldwell, according to NAEA president Susan Gabbard,
"exemplifies the highly qualified individuals active in the field of art education
today: leaders, teachers, students, scholars and advocates who give their best to
Caldwell earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in art from IWU in 1973. She received
her master of science degree in education in 1980, a bachelor's degree in art education
with high honors in 1987, and a doctorate in art education in 1991, all from Illinois
State University. From 1991 to 1996, Caldwell taught art and humanities at the College
of DuPage (Glen Ellyn, Ill.).
Since arriving at Iowa State in 1996, Caldwell has taught art education courses and
supervised graduate research and student teaching. Along with colleague Dennis Dake,
Caldwell is co-director of the New Art Basics curriculum project that serves art educators
throughout Iowa and the United States. According to Dake, art educators in Iowa look
to Caldwell as "a primary resource for knowledge and service in the areas of national
and international art education."
Among her many accolades, Caldwell was recognized as Iowa Higher Education Educator
of the Year (1997), NAEA Western Region Art Educator of the Year (1998), and Iowa
Art Educator of the Year (2001). In 2003, Caldwell earned the Alumni Hall of Fame
Award from the Illinois State University College of Design. She also received the
AEI Distinguished Service within the Profession Award in 2005.
Currently, Caldwell represents Iowa in the International Society for Education through
Art. She also serves as the national secretary of the United States Society for Education
through Art (USSEA), while maintaining memberships with the International Visual Literacy
Association, the American Association of University Women, and the Iowa Alliance for
Contact: Marcus Mitchell, (309) 556-3181