Associate Professor, 2014-present, Oxford Campus
Art Education

Myaamia Ribbonwork Event Poster, 2019
Letterpress on paper
12 x 18 inches

Brief Biography

Stephanie Danker earned her PhD in Art Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In addition to teaching Art Education, she is the coordinator of the undergraduate Art Therapy minor and co-major. Her research interests include art integration, teacher professional development, and social justice pedagogy with focus on the Freedom Summer Project (1964) and Myaamia (Miami Tribe of Oklahoma) culture and imagery. She was elected higher education representative (2019-2021) and chair (2021-2023) for Professional Learning through the Research Working Group of the National Art Education Association. Danker was named the 2020 OAEA Higher Education Art Educator of the Year.

Artist Statement

Since 2017, I have partnered with the Myaamia Center to collaboratively create resources with Art Education students for local K-12 outreach efforts about aspects of Myaamia culture and imagery. This work and the relationships that have developed have been transformational to me personally and professionally. I created this letterpress poster as a student in Erin Beckloff’s class to promote the Spring 2020 Ribbonwork exhibition at the Miami University Art Museum. I was excited to give posters to Myaamia Center staff and Tribal leadership at the January 2020 Winter Gathering in Miami, Oklahoma. (Geometric pattern designed by Myaamia student and Studio Art major Megan Sekulich.)

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