Gloria J. Wilson is an Assistant Professor of Art and Visual Culture Education at the University of Arizona. Also an artist and public scholar, she has presented her research nationally and internationally highlighting the intersections of racial identity and arts participation and equity in (arts) education. Most recently her scholarship uses arts-based research approaches (auto-/duo-/trio-ethnographies) to examine and represent the lives of women of color scholars in art education. Before returning to complete her PhD at the University of Georgia, Gloria taught visual art in secondary environments for 13 years. She has been the recipient of a Fulbright award to study art, education and culture in Tokyo and Ogi Saga, Japan and has presented workshops exploring creative thinking dispositions for Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Project Zero. Gloria has also been an invited artist/speaker for Spelman College’s Museum of Art BLACK BOX series and Nashville's Belcourt Theater Science on Screen speaker series.
She currently serves on editorial review boards for the Art Education journal and The Journal of Social Theory in Art Education. As the Pre-service representative of NAEA's PLR, she remains committed to research in pre-service contexts and providing support for K-12 students and the community. Her outreach has positioned her in leadership roles such as Art Program Director for the Athens/Clarke County Migrant Education Program, appointed member of NAEA's National Task Force on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (2018-19), and member of The Nashville Arts Commission Racial Equity in Arts Leadership (REAL) 2017-18 co-hort. She facilitates recurring racial equity/arts-based workshops for in-sevice art teachers and the broader public at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta GA and The Albany Museum of Art, Albany, GA.
Her current research, art-making, and pedagogical practices are grounded in critical arts-based inquiry with aims to advance contemporary theories in art education and critically interrogate aesthetic culture as a means to awaken the potential for social transformation.