Friday, September 27, 2013 —
Raleigh, N.C.—The North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) announces that Michelle Harrell, coordinator of teen and college programs at the NCMA, has been selected to receive the North Carolina Art Education Association (NCAEA)’s Museum Art Educator of the Year 2013–14 Award.
Recipients of the NCAEA Art Education Awards are nominated by NCAEA members or art educators to recognize North Carolina educators who demonstrate commitment to the visual arts. The winners are selected by peers in the education field.
“I am honored to receive this award and proud to represent the NCMA’s outstanding Education Department,” Harrell said.
“I’ve had the pleasure of helping develop several exciting teen and college programs this year at the Museum, such as our online high school courses, student exhibitions, and teen and college advisory councils, and I look forward to continuing to expand and improve these programs.”
Harrell will be recognized for her achievements at the NCAEA’s annual Professional Development Conference in Raleigh on October 6. Dennis Inhulsen, National Art Education Association president, will give the keynote address before the awards presentation. Over 500 art educators, museum educators, and college faculty members are expected to convene at the conference (October 3−6). The NCMA will host a preconference workshop on October 3 titled “Bridging Subjects through Art and Concepts.”
Harrell received her associate of arts degree from Peace College and her BFA and MAEd from East Carolina University. After 13 years of teaching middle and high school art, she began a position at the NCMA in 2010 to develop teen and college programs. In her role as coordinator of teen and college programs, Harrell explore topics related to her master's thesis, “Interactive Technology as a Tool for Student Centered Learning in the Art Classroom.”
She has served as project manager for the Museum’s grant-funded partnership with the North Carolina Virtual Public School (NCVPS) to offer a series of online, for-credit courses to North Carolina high school students. Over 2,240 teens participated in these courses or related programs in the first three years. Harrell also has established programs for college students, including juried exhibitions and a student-run college arts council.
This is the second NCAEA Art Education Award that Harrell has won. In 2010 she received the NCAEA Secondary Art Educator of the Year Award.