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The FAEA Professional Development Committee reviews suggestions submitted by the membership each year to determine the slate of keynote presenters. This year, attendees will be able to hear from two exciting, nationally recognized, presenters. See extended interviews with the keynote speakers on the Fall 2022 Fresh Paint Magazine

Amy Gross

Amy Gross is an award-winning fiber and mixed media artist based in Florida. Her hand-embroidered and beaded sculptures are magical microcosms, merging the natural world with her own inner life. Attracted and frightened by things on the edge of spoiling or straining to support an excess, the Florida artist creates vignettes that cluster, tangle, cling and multiply. Paradoxically, these vivid accounts of the natural world use nothing from nature. Amy's recent awards include the Artist Innovation Fellowship from the Cultural Council for Palm Beach County, South Arts Southern Prize Finalist and State Fellow, First Place at Gritty in Pink Bailey Contemporary Art, and many others. Her recent residencies included the 2015 Arrowmont Pentaculum at the Arrowmont School of Art and Craft in Gatlinburg, Tennessee and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, Main. "My embroidered and beaded fiber sculptures merge together the natural world and my own inner life. They suggest not only what can be seen, but also what cannot: the early alterations of time, the first suggestions of disintegration. My elements cluster, tangle, hybridize and multiply, adapting to the environments they are placed into. Yet, paradoxically, they’re the result of human intention - completely unnatural."

General Session with Keynote Speaker Amy Gross
Thursday, October 13, 2022, 4:00 p.m.
Caribbean Ballroom IV-V


Cardellina Rosea Vivarium by Amy Gross, 12 x 13 x 6.5 inches

Dr. Marilyn Stewart

Photo Marilyn Stewart

Dr. Marilyn Stewart retired in May 2017 as Professor of Art Education and Co-coordinator of Graduate Programs in Art Education at Kutztown University, where she taught courses in art education theory and practice and others such as “Visual Culture: Critical Practice,” “Women in the Arts,” and “Art Criticism,” and was the 2016 recipient of the Arthur and Isabel Wiesenberger Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching. Dr. Stewart is senior author of Explorations in Art grades 1-6, and co-author, with Eldon Katter, of the Explorations in Art middle school series, co-author of Rethinking Curriculum in Art, author of Thinking Through Aesthetics, and Editor of the Art Education in Practice series, all published by Davis Publications. She is a frequent keynote speaker and consultant in national curriculum projects, including her recent work as Director of The Dinner Party Curriculum Project and Coordinator of the Educator Guides Project for the PBS series, Craft in America. A member of the Writing Team for the National Visual Arts Standards and the Model Cornerstone Assessments, she has conducted over 200 extended institutes, seminars, or in-service days in over 35 states. A Distinguished Fellow of the National Art Education Association, Marilyn was named by the NAEA as the 2011 National Art Educator of the Year.

General Session with Keynote Speaker Dr. Marilyn Stewart
Friday, October 14, 2022, 4:30 p.m.
Caribbean Ballroom IV-V

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