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Nan Park Sohn

Nan Park

Nan Park Sohn is a faculty member in the Master of Arts in Teaching program and the low-residency Master of Arts in Art Education program. In MAT, she teaches both undergraduate and graduate art education courses and mentors students in their practicum experiences, and in MAAE, she mentors art educators as they conduct qualitative research in their classrooms. Prior to joining the faculty at MICA, Nan taught high school and middle school art in upstate New York and Baltimore, and a variety of studio courses, K-12, for the Young Peoples Studios at MICA. From 2012-2015 as Coordinator of Student Teaching, she developed partnerships with a variety of educational agencies, oversaw the placement of art education students in their internships, and mentored students as they entered the professional world of teaching. As Director of the YPS program from 2005-2013, she oversaw the growth of a large studio program, hired interns and instructors, and restructured YPS's curricular offerings, budget, and logistics. Nan's research focuses on contemplative practices in the higher education classroom, including contemplative artmaking practice as a means for art educators to cultivate mindfulness in their lives and explore their artist-teacher identities.

Nan holds a Master of Arts in Art Education from the Maryland Institute College of Art, a Master of Science in Art Education from Syracuse University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts from Haverford College in Pennsylvania. Nan is the recipient of the 2014 MICA Trustee Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching and the 2016 NAEA Art Educator of the Year Award for Maryland. She regularly presents at state and national conferences, serves on the Executive Council of the Maryland Art Education Association, and is the Conference Coordinator for the MAEA.

In the classroom, Nan is interested in how contemplative artmaking practice can be used to deepen understanding of course content and cultivate mindfulness, while nurturing community and safe spaces for dialog and transformative growth. Her studio practice revolves around capturing moments of everyday living, using ritual and contemplation as frameworks for making.

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This page was last updated on 06/08/2017.