About

Sue Uhlig is an art educator who currently is a Ph.D. candidate in Art Education at Penn State University, a Lecturer in Art and Design at Purdue University, and an Instructional Assistant Professor at Illinois State University. She recently served as supervisor of Penn State student teachers who were doing their field experiences in K-12 art in State College and in the Pittsburgh area. Prior to beginning her studies at Penn State, she was a continuing lecturer in Art and Design at Purdue for ten years where she taught numerous courses in art appreciation, art history, and art education.

Sue is originally from the near west suburbs of Chicago, and her early professional years were spent teaching in elementary schools in Chicago and its suburbs in both public and private institutions as an elementary classroom teacher as well as an art teacher in K-8 schools. Inspired by Chicago’s amazing museums, Sue has experience in museum education as interim curator of education, educator, docent, education volunteer, workshop organizer, and intern, and she has written educational guides for the Purdue University Galleries and Art Museum of Greater Lafayette that correlated to their exhibitions.

Research, professional development, and service are important to her.  Sue has presented regularly at conferences at the state, national, and international levels. She has published work in journals and has several co-authored book chapters. Sue has served as faculty advisor for the Purdue Student National Art Education Association, the membership chair of the Art Education Association of Indiana, the president of the Graduate Art Education Association at Penn State, and she currently serves as regional representative for the Pennsylvania Art Education Association.  Combining her love of travel and learning, Sue was fortunate to participate in a six-week Fulbright-Hays post-secondary program to Morocco and Tunisia, and she co-led two study abroad trips to Italy through Purdue University.

Sue received a BS in Elementary Education from Northern Illinois University and an MA in Art Education from Purdue University. Her dissertation addresses the creation of a collaborative collection in the style of the Wunderkammer, or cabinet of curiosities. Other research interests include material culture, sensory studies, place-based studies, and assemblage art, which she addresses in her research-based art and art residencies.