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Kevin Tavin

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MA in Art Education

Class of 1990

More about Kevin Tavin

Kevin Tavin '90, who holds a PhD from Penn State University, was director of the MAT program at School of the Art Institute of Chicago, (SAIC) and is currently an associate professor at The Ohio State University (OSU). He holds a BFA and MEd, and has taught K- 12 and post-secondary courses since 1990. 

Tavin began teaching at Waverly Elementary School in Howard County, Maryland. In 1994, the Maryland Art Education Association awarded Tavin the Outstanding Art Educator of the Year. In 1999, Tavin began his work as an Assistant Professor at SAIC. From 2004 to 2005, Tavin held a Post-Doctorate Fellowship at OSU. After receiving tenure and teaching another year at SAIC, he returned to OSU.

Tavin’s own research focuses on visual culture, critical pedagogy, cultural studies, and art education. His November 14th presentation at the UICA, “Seeing Something and Saying Something: Visual Culture Pedagogy in the War of Terror”, will attend to issues of power and knowledge by examining visual dimensions and pedagogical repercussions of the War of Terror. A recent public service campaign in the United States attempts to alert travelers on buses and trains to be on the look-out for “suspicious activities.” Through posters, placards, and radio announcements, local officials assert, “If you see something, say something.” While most of us see something and say something all the time, what we choose to see and not to see, and what we are told to look for and not to look for, is always already caught up in complex issues of power and knowledge, and of teaching and learning.

In Tavin’s work, iconographies of threat and prophylaxis are explored, and artistic responses to forgetting and remembering the War of Terror are considered. His lecture will conclude with an examination of implications and possible future directions for art practice and art education in a post-9/11 world.”