WAEA Fall Conference
The fall conference dates and location have been announced.
Silver Lake College
Address: 2406 South Alverno, Manitowoc, WI 54220
Phone: Admissions (800) 236-4752 ext. 175 or 920-686-6175
Silver Lake College of the Holy Family is a dynamic value-centered learning community that empowers students through quality liberal arts and professional preparation. All students will experience an educational environment of mutual respect and concern for each person, based on the principles and truths of Franciscan Catholic tradition.
Silver Lake College of the Holy Family serves traditional undergraduates, transfer students, working professionals, and graduate students. Excellent academic programs are delivered in both traditional and accelerated formats to meet the needs of students on the main campus in Manitowoc, Wisconsin and at various locations throughout the state.
Our fabulous sponsors for the conference. Please see sponsorship page to learn more about each business who has generously sponsored our conference,
Featured Speakers: Josh Drews!, Don Masse and Dr. Kim Defibaugh
Josh Drews! has been teaching visual and media art at Spring Valley High School in Columbia, SC since 2001. He has developed numerous arts curricula for South Carolina, including co-authoring the 2010 and 2017 SC Media Arts standards and he has written SC curriculum guides for Media Arts and Printmaking.
He is the former president of the South Carolina Art Education Association and is recently just finished serving as the Secondary Director for the National Art Education Association. He is also tries really hard to be an avid print maker and working artist. He is proud to have a deep passion for teaching art, students, comic books, video games, his wife, daughter, and battle cat Tobias.
Don Masse's earliest art-related memory is getting in trouble for drawing on one of the mint green walls in the family room with a bright red crayon. Since then, his love for the language of visual art has never waned.
Don has taught at Zamorano Fine Arts Academy, a very large and diverse public elementary school in San Diego since 2001. He is firmly committed to introducing his students to the work of contemporary artists from a variety of backgrounds and creative fields of expertise. He does so because students become better engaged with visual art content and design challenges when students can see these elements being applied by artists working in today's world. Don is actively involved in art education communities at the local, state, and national levels. He is a contributing editor for Arts & Activities, where his "Alive and Kicking" series runs on a regular basis. Don celebrates the work of his school community on his blog www.shinebritezamorano.com. In 2018, he was recognized with both the California Elementary Art Educator Award and the Pacific region Elementary Art Educator awards.
When he is not in the classroom, you can often find him with a piece of chalk or charcoal in his hand, drawing out in the street or in the safety of his own living room.
Dr. Kim Defibaugh
Past President, National Art Education Association
Ed.D., Rutgers University; Ed.M., Rutgers University; B.A., Montclair State University
Kim’s career in art education began in New Jersey where she taught elementary “art on a cart” for 23 years. After earning advanced degrees at Rutgers University, she was assigned administrative roles and was Supervisor of Fine Arts for the Toms River Regional Schools for 11 years before moving to Williamsburg, Virginia. Kim has taken on many state and regional leadership roles including President of the Art Educators of NJ, Art Administrators of NJ and the University Council for Art Education. On the national level, she is the current Past President of NAEA, but has
also served NAEA as Eastern Region Vice President, and as a member of the Professional Materials Committee and Trustee for the National Art Education Foundation.
Kim has received 8 NJ Governor’s Awards in Arts Education, the NJ Principals and Supervisors Association Visionary Supervisor/Director of the ear Award and numerous NAEA Awards including Eastern Region Art Educator of the Year, State Art Educator of the Year, National Supervision/Administration Art Educator of the Year, and Eastern Region Supervision/ Administration Art Educator of the Year.
Kim is a practicing artist favoring fiber as her medium but also enjoys book illustration. She exhibits in VA and NJ and has won state and national awards for her quilts. Advocacy has always been a priority for Kim. She served 3 years as Youth Art Month Chair for AENJ, Chaired NAEA’s Advocacy Advisory Committee 2007-2011 and in 2017 formed NAEA’s Advocacy Working Group.
Featured Speakers: Josh Drews!, Dr. Kim Defibaugh, Don Masse