Dr. Kara Kelley Hallmark
Visual Art Studies / Art Education: Art Education
Kara Kelley Hallmark is an advocate for Social Justice through Art Education, which shapes the course of her teaching philosophy, approach, and work in the field. Her research includes artist biographical publications that strive to broaden the scope and traditional canon of art, Service-Learning projects with students from kinder age to college-aged students, and investigating inequalities for girls and women in the arts from the art world, such as museums to the K-12 classroom, to the world of higher education. She received a PhD in art education, with a minor in Women’s Studies from Florida State University in 2007. In 2000, she completed the MA in art education with a certificate in Gender Studies from the University of Central Florida. She began at Southern Methodist University, where she earned a BFA in Art History in 1992. Publications include four artist encyclopedias for Greenwood Press/ABC CLIO. Her most recent project on U.S. Folk Artists, coauthored with Dr. Kristin G. Congdon, resulted in a two-volume set including 300 individual artist biographies, released in 2012. Other publications include a desktop publication of Folk Artists from the House of Blues Collection (2000). She has presented numerous times at both state and national conferences, including co-moderating for a National Super Session (2010) when the publication, Art Education for Social Justice (National Art Education Association) was released. Dr. Hallmark was a co-editor and a chapter author as well. From 2012-2014, Kara Hallmark is serving as the Chair-Elect of the Higher Education Division of the Texas Art Education Association. In 2013, Dr. Hallmark won the Texas Art Education Association Higher Education Educator of the Year Award.