Posting Date: November 1, 2010

KSU faculty and staff members recognized at GAEA awards
Rick Garner and Shane McDonald receive distinguished awards

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Rick Garner
Shane McDonald

KENNESAW, Ga.Rick Garner, associate professor of art education at Kennesaw State University, recently received the Higher Education Art Educator Award from the Georgia Art Education Association at the Fall Professional Conference on Oct. 23 at Callaway Gardens. Garner joins KSU art professors Diana Gregory and Sandra Bird as the third KSU recipient of this statewide award in four years. He is now eligible for the national award.

“Out of the entire art education faculty members around the state, Rick Garner was the most outstanding this year,” says Joe Thomas, chair of the Visual Arts department.

Additionally, the GAEA Distinguished Service Outside the Profession Award was presented to Shane McDonald, KSU's visual arts resource coordinator, for his work on the All-State Art Symposium.

“Shane did a lot of work for the All-State Art Symposium; he basically designed and put together the catalog they give to all the participants. It was a huge amount of work and looks really good. It was well deserved,” explains Thomas.

Garner’s degrees in studio art, psychology, art therapy and art education all influence his methods of teaching. Currently, his areas of focus include graphic development, visual arts in special education and technology in art education. He holds committee positions with the Georgia Art Therapy Association and The American Art Therapy Association; furthermore, he has conducted presentations with the Georgia Art Education Association, National Art Education Association and American Psychological Association.

McDonald, who received his Bachelor of Arts degree in art from Kennesaw State in 1992, has won awards and recognition for his work and involvement with local and national exhibitions, including with organizations such as the Portrait Society of Atlanta, the Lexington Art League, the Fine Arts Society of Kennesaw and the South Cobb Arts Alliance. Currently, McDonald is pursuing his career as an artist, art instructor, art studio business owner and serves as a contributor to the local art community through judging visual art shows, helping to lead arts organizations and teaching in his own studio.


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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 70 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including new doctorates in education, business and nursing. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of more than 22,500 from 142 countries.

The KSU College of the Arts is one of only four Georgia institutions to have achieved full national accreditation for all of its arts departments.



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