Kathy J. Brown, head and shoulders portraitKathy J. Brown

Assistant Professor, Art Education
Director, Art Education Undergraduate Studies
Department of Art Education

Art Building, Room 262C


Kathy J. Brown teaches undergraduate- and graduate-level courses in the Department of Art Education of the UNT College of Visual Art and Design. Prior appointments include a visiting professorship at Texas Woman’s University, Denton, Texas, and a career as a K-8 art educator. Among her many accomplishments as a K-8 teacher, several of her students were recognized in prestigious regional art competitions, she created and implemented school-wide programming such as Young Woman’s Empowerment Day, and held a one-year advisory board seat for the non-profit The Power of Girlhood in Detroit, Mich.

In 2018, Brown completed her Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction and a graduate certificate in museum education from The University of Houston, Houston, Texas. As a teaching fellow, she taught art methods courses for pre-service generalists and was selected for a 2016-2017 Future Faculty Fellow (F3) award. Her instruction informed her autoethnographic dissertation, which employed Clandinin & Connelly’s (2000) three-dimensional narrative inquiry space of time, socio-personal and place.  As a result, critical qualitative research and experiential storytelling informed by Critical Race Theory (Ladson-Billings & Tate,1995) frame her current methodological choices. Brown’s research interests include social justice art education, anti-blackness in education, pre-service and in-service teacher experiences, critical inquiry in the urban art room, visual culture and race, K-12 /higher education border crossings, self-studies in teacher education, Afrofuturism in art education, post+colonial (La Paperson, 2010) thought and diversity in the field. Her current projects include a collaborative, three-part, rhizomatic self-study exploring the use of the 5E lesson-planning model in art teacher education, an afro-autoethnography and a series of Afrofuturistic fibers projects as arts-based research.

Brown has presented at several conferences such as the International Visual Literacy Conference in Montreal, Canada; Texas Art Education Association; the National Association of African American Studies; and the Social Justice + Art Education Symposium on topics such as art dialogue as racialized discourse, Visual Thinking Strategies in the PK-16 classroom, and social justice art education. In spring 2021, she will present a paper at the American Educational Research Association and co-presenting (via video recording) a collaborative emerging research project, HairEthnographies: Hair as a Metaphor for Agency, Power and Identity at the National Art Education Association Virtual Conference. 

Recently, her hand-sewn fibers piece, a “garment” of African-inspired and African-printed fabrics titled “Clothes You Can’t Remove: Pre and Post Breonna Taylor,” was accepted to the 2021 Materials: Hard + Soft International Contemporary Craft Competition and Exhibition. The piece also won first place in its category at the Texas Art Education Association Annual Members Show. 


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