Dr. Paul Bolin
Assistant Chair, Art Education
Visual Art Studies / Art Education: History of Art Education
Dr. Paul E. Bolin received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Art Education from Seattle Pacific University in 1976, and afterward taught high school and middle school art in Oregon. He graduated from the University of Oregon with a M.S. in Art Education (1980) and a Ph.D. in Art Education (1986). Bolin taught at the University of Oregon between 1986 and 1991 before moving to The Pennsylvania State University where he was a member of the School of Visual Arts faculty from 1992 – 2001. In fall 2001 Bolin began teaching at The University of Texas at Austin, where he is now a Professor and serves as both Assistant Chair and Graduate Advisor for Art Education. Much of Bolin's research centers on the investigation of historical issues within the field of art education, and is directed particularly toward matters of art and public schooling in the late nineteenth century. His numerous publications include two volumes, co-edited with Kristin Congdon (University of Central Florida) and Doug Blandy (University of Oregon): Remembering Others: Making Invisible Histories of Art Education Visible (2000) and Community-Based Art Education Histories (2001). His book Writings in Art Education: Recipients of the Manuel Barkan Memorial Award, 1970–1999 was published in 2005 by the National Art Education Association. His co-edited volume (with Dr. Doug Blandy) Matter Matters: Art Education and Material Culture Studies (2011) is published by the National Art Education Association. Bolin has presented his research at various conferences throughout North America, including the National Art Education Association, the American Educational Research Association, History of Education Society, International Visual Sociology Association, and the International Society for Education Through Art. For eight years (2001-2009) Bolin served on the Editorial Review Board of Studies in Art Education. For the two years 1999–2000, Bolin was editor of the National Art Education Association journal Art Education. Bolin has received teaching awards from the University of Oregon, The Pennsylvania State University, and The University of Texas at Austin. In both 1997 and 2007, Bolin received the Manuel Barkan Memorial Award for published research by the National Art Education Association. In 2001 he was awarded Outstanding Art Educator of the Year, by the Pennsylvania Art Education Association, and in 2009 he received the Texas Higher Education Art Educator of the Year, presented by the Texas Art Education Association. Also in 2009, Bolin was elected as a member of the Distinguished Fellows of the National Art Education Association.