Sally Gradle | School of Art and Design | SIU

Southern Illinois University



College of Liberal Arts

Sally Gradle, Emerita

Associate Professor, Art Education


gradleSally Gradle received her doctorate in Art Education from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. Her MA, also in Art Education, was completed at the University of New Mexico in 1979. She has taught art in the public schools for many years. Her teaching, art work and writing evolve from a belief that personal vision emerges from life experiences, shared histories, and encounters with others in the community. Her current research interests include arts education with the elderly and poetic inquiry and representation in research.

gradleRecent Writing:

2012 November The Art of Aging Well: Professional Artists working in Long term Care, Journal of Art for Life. 

When Vines Talk: Community, Art, and Ecology, (2008) Art Education, November, 61 (6), 6-1.

Ecology of place: Art education in a relational world, (2007) Studies in Art Education, 48 (4), 392-411.

Random weave: Cultivating dispositions for teaching, (2007) Art Education, 60 (4), 6-11.

Spiritual ecology in art education: A revision of meaning, (2007). In L. Bresler, (Ed.). International Handbook of Research in Arts Education, 1501-1516. Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer.


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