Reflections on the 2012 NAEA Conference in NYC

At the beginning of March I travelled to NYC for the 2012 National Art Education Association Conference along with about 7,000 art educators from all over the country, accounting for one of the largest conventions yet (I imagine it would be difficult for anyone interested in the arts to turn down a visit to New York City). Some highlights of my trip were spending a day perusing Brooklyn with my friend and colleague, Danielle Schulz; visiting The Brooklyn Art Library and seeing my mom's sketchbook (!); tasting chocolate at Mast Brothers; attending the Museum Education Pre-Conference on digital learning held across various museums such as The Metropolitan, MoMA, and Guggenheim; giving two presentations--one on my thesis research and the other with Danielle on cultivating artistic abilities in people with disabilities; listening to an amazing presentation on creativity from Art21 artist, Janine Antoni; seeing the Cindy Sherman retrospective at MoMA; and going to my first Whitney Biennial. Overall it was a fabulous trip full of amazing art, ideas, and inspiration. Here is a series of photos I took with Instagram on my iPhone...

We just got to NYC!
We just got to NYC!
Subway to Brooklyn
Subway to Brooklyn
street art in Brooklyn
street art in Brooklyn
Sketchbook Project at the Brooklyn Art Library
Sketchbook Project at the Brooklyn Art Library
Mast Brothers Chocolate in Brooklyn
Mast Brothers Chocolate in Brooklyn
Thesis presentation at NAEA 2012
Thesis presentation at NAEA 2012
Whitney Biennial 2012
Whitney Biennial 2012
Pipe Organ by Lutz Bacher at the Whitney Biennial 2012
Pipe Organ by Lutz Bacher at the Whitney Biennial 2012

Pipe Organ by Lutz Bacher at the Whitney Biennial 2012

Embroidery by Elaine Reichek at the Whitney Biennial 2012
Embroidery by Elaine Reichek at the Whitney Biennial 2012

Embroidery by Elaine Reichek at the Whitney Biennial 2012

Paintings by Nicole Eisenman at the Whitney Biennial 2012
Paintings by Nicole Eisenman at the Whitney Biennial 2012

Paintings by Nicole Eisenman at the Whitney Biennial 2012

Painting by Nicole Eisenman at the Whitney Biennial 2012
Painting by Nicole Eisenman at the Whitney Biennial 2012

Painting by Nicole Eisenman at the Whitney Biennial 2012

Tapestry at the Whitney Biennial 2012
Tapestry at the Whitney Biennial 2012
flight back to Texas
flight back to Texas