Kevin Tavin

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A806 Department of Art and Media

Kevin Tavin is Professor of International Art Education, and Head of the Department of Art at Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland. Tavin holds a BFA, MEd and PhD in art education. He has taught K-12 and post-secondary courses since 1990. Previous work includes Associate Professor of Art Education at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1999-2006) and The Ohio State University (2006-2012).

His research focuses on critical multiculturalism, visual culture, critical pedagogy, cultural studies, Nordic art education, and psychoanalytic theory. His work has been published in international art and education journals and books, and presented as keynote and research papers across the globe. Recent books include, Angels, ghosts, and cannibals: Essays on art education and visual culture and Stand(ing) up, for a Change: Voices of arts educators. Tavin has held the office of Coordinator for the Caucus on Social Theory and Art Education and World Council Regional Representative for North America for the International Society for Education through Art. 

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Visual culture, Lacanian psychoanalytic theory, Media studies, Art Education, Critical pedagogy, Curriculum theory


Aalto University Annual Excellence Award in Teaching

The president of Aalto University together with university’s top management has decided to award the annual Excellence recognition based on the proposals of the Schools. With this recognition we want to highlight achievements with significant impact in enhancing learning, transdisciplinarity and well-being at Aalto (Excellence in Teaching). The award is for University-Wide Art Studies (UWAS) which began with a single course, and then piloted 15 courses on artistic thinking and creative skills for all Aalto students, in every school and discipline, that fostered a lasting interest in, and significant impact on transdisciplinary education.<br/>
Award or honor granted for a specific work Department of Art Dec 2017

Outstanding Art Educator of the Year

Maryland Art Education Association. Howard County, Maryland. October 1994.
Award or honor granted for a specific work Department of Art Oct 1994

Graduate Assistant Award for Outstanding Teaching

Sponsored jointly by the Graduate School, The Office of the Vice-Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Education at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park.
Award or honor granted for a specific work Department of Art Mar 1999

Manuel Barkan Memorial Award

Awarded for the most significant written contribution in a NAEA publication during the previous year.
Award or honor granted for a specific work Department of Art Apr 2004

Ziegfeld Award 2017

Award or honor granted for academic or artistic career Department of Art Jan 2017