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SU's Rolling to Give Artist's Talk at NY6 Art Exhibit

James Haywood Rolling, Jr., dual professor of art education and teaching and leadership at Syracuse University, will give an artist's talk on Thursday, February 8, in conjunction with the exhibition, New York Six: Art Studio Practice and Pedagogy, at St. Lawrence University's Richard F. Brush Gallery. The talk, "From Practice to Responsibility: The Pedagogical Odyssey of an Art + Design Educator,” will begin at 4:30 p.m. in Griffiths Hall, Room 123.

Dr. Rolling is a past member of the board of directors of the National Art Education Association (NAEA), serving as higher education division director from 2011-2013. Dr. Rolling is the 2014 recipient of the National Higher Education Art Educator Award for outstanding service and achievement of national significance, and he has just completed a three-year term as senior editor of Art Education, the bi-monthly journal of the NAEA.

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James Haywood Rolling, Jr.

He is the founder of the 4A Arts & Creative Literacies Academy, a college-community partnership between Syracuse University Art Education and Dr. Edwin E. Weeks Elementary School. 4A Academy features a cross-disciplinary STEAM education instructional format exploring the arts and sciences and serving over 800 students in grades K-5 daily.

Dr. Rolling has been a commissioner-at-large on NAEA's research commission since 2014. He is also the author of Swarm Intelligence: What Nature Teaches Us About Shaping Creative Leadership, a surprising look at the social origins of creativity, and the Arts-Based Research Primer, both published in 2013.

Dr. Rolling earned his MFA in studio arts research at Syracuse University, and his BFA at the Cooper Union School of Art. Looking back over the arc of his career from elementary school art teacher to teacher/educator, Rolling cites his work teaching 3D design and sculpture over two consecutive years to high school students enrolled in Cooper Union’s Saturday Art Program as the genesis for his understanding that an art + design education is necessary in the present age and provides the catalyst for diverse and creative identities exploding into existence.

The New York Six exhibit features the work of 39 faculty artists from across the Consortium, and is curated by Catherine Tedford, director of the Brush Gallery. It will be shown through February 24.