Brent Wilson Papers, 1950-2013

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Collection Overview

Title:
Brent Wilson papers
Dates (Inclusive):
1950-2013
Abstract:
Brent Wilson joined Penn State's faculty in 1974 as a professor of art education as well as head of the art education program in the School of Visual Arts (1983-1985; 1989-1999). The collection reflects Wilson's participation in implementing National art education policies and document his service as an administrator and art education faculty researcher on children in art education.
Collection Number:
2801
Size:
53.2 Cubic feet
Location:
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the   library catalog.
Repository:
Special Collections Library. Pennsylvania State University.
Languages:
English

Biographical Note

Brent Wilson (1934 - ) was a professor in the School of Visual Arts at The Pennsylvania State University. He earned a bachelor of science degree in art and education at Utah State University in 1956. Two years later, he completed a master of fine arts in painting at the Cranbrook Academy. Wilson earned a Ph.D. in art education with minors in sculpture and educational research from The Ohio State University in 1966.

During his early career, Wilson taught elementary and junior and senior high school art. One year after serving as an Art Instructor in Jackson Junior High School in Salt Lake City, Utah, Wilson was the Supervisor for Art for the Salt Lake City Schools. He held this position from 1959 to 1962 and 1964 to 1966.

Wilson joined the faculty of the University of Iowa as associate professor of art and education in 1966, and was the head of the art education program from 1966 to 1971. In 1971-1972, as part of an exchange program, Wilson was a Visiting Principal Lecturer at the School of Art Education, Art and Design Center, Birmingham Poytechnic, Birmingham, England. He returned to the University of Iowa as professor of art and education and head of the art education program in 1972. In 1974, Wilson was appointed professor of art education at The Pennsylvania State University, a position he held until his retirement in 2002.

Among Wilson’s research interests were subjects related to the discipline-based approach to art education he advocates. These include the study of language used to describe and evaluate works of art, the assessment of art educational outcomes, the extrastructural dimensions of art teaching, and the nature of child art. A sensitivity to the role of culture and cultural differences is evident in studies of cultural influences on children’s artistic development and cross-cultural studies of children’s graphic narratives. In the latter, Wilson’s research shows how not only does children’s art reflect culturally distinct views of reality, but it also relies upon culturally determined styles and imagery.

Throughout his career, Wilson was appointed to and served on prestigious committees dealing with issues in art education. He was the principal art consultant to the National Assessment of Educational Progress in Art from 1967 to 1982. From 1982 to 1985, Wilson was one of seven researchers who conducted an extensive inquiry into the teaching of art history, art criticism, and studio art in selected school districts in the United States for the J. P. Getty Trust. In 1987, he served as consultant to the National Endowment for the Arts to conduct research and draft “Toward Civilization,” a report to the President and Congress on the status of arts education in the United States. In the 1980s and 1990s, Wilson’s evaluation of the professional development programs of the Getty Education Institute for the Arts culminated in the publication of The Quiet Evolution: Changing the Face of Arts Education. In 1988, Wilson became the head of the National Evaluation Team for the Getty Center Regional Professional Development Institutes for Discipline-based Art Education. In the 1990s, he served as a researcher for the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities.

Wilson was the recipient of a number of honors and awards including the Manuel Barkan Award in recognition of excellence, scholarly merit, and contribution to the professional literature of art education; the Distinguished Achievement Award given for excellence in education journalism by the Educational Press Association; the Edwin Ziegfeld Award for contributions to international art education and research; and the Lowenfeld Prize for his studies of children’s art. In 1988, Wilson was made a Distinguished Fellow of the National Art Education Association and in 1989 was names the organization’ Art Educator of the Year.

Wilson was both a prolific writer and artist. He authored four books, contributed chapters to books and conference proceedings, and wrote research monographs and research and evaluative reports. He has had eighteen solo exhibitions of his paintings and sculptures.

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Collection Overview

The Brent Wilson Papers document his service as an administrator and art education faculty researcher on children in art education. The collection is composed of five series: Children's drawings, Discipline Based Art Education (DBAE), National Art Education Association (NAEA), National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) and Wilson's Research and publications. Discipline Based Art Education materials include seven regions: Florida, Minnesota, Ohio, Virginia, Texas, Southeast (Tennessee), Prairie Visions (Nebraska) and California. In late 1980s, the regional institutes were established through a series of grants from the Getty Education Institute as research and development sites for discipline-based arts education (DBAE) theory and practice. This approach combines four basic disciplines--art making, art history, art criticism, and aesthetics--into a holistic learning experience. The regional institutes were geared to prepare teachers and school administrators for implementation of DBAE standards in school art programs. The Getty grant program guidelines are also included this collection.

There are materials pertaining to programs such as the Comprehensive Holistic Assessment Task (CHAT) and the Central Midwestern Regional Laboratory (CEMREL). There is documentation on the Seminar for Research in Art Education including manuscripts and correspondence with noted other art educators and administrators.

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) materials include test examples and guidelines. There are sixty-eight personal notebooks that document the range of aspects of Wilson's career as well as his research manuscripts. The papers include newsletters dating from 1950-1960 published by the Committee on Art Education.

Researchers will find that the collection strengths are on the documentation of DBAE curricular programs and training funded under Getty Center for Education in the Arts as well as in the range of children's drawings. The Wilson collection shows extensive research on cultural influences on style and imagery through story drawing or graphic narratives by children including drawings from all over the world: the United Arab Emirates, Algeria, Egypt, New Guinea, Nigeria, Finland, Netherlands, Japan, China, Hungary, Greece, Australia and the United States (including, Native American children, and Palestinian children living in the US). Artwork in the collection also includes graphic dialogue drawings, and self-initiated drawings reflecting Wilson's interest in the relationship between art and the cognitive development of children. Audio/Video material covers DBAE programs and an aspect of Al Hurwitz's collection of children's drawings.

The collection also contains ninety volumes of journals containing Brent Wilson's original art work. The journals date from 1978 through 2013.

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Brent Wilson Papers, PSUA 2801, Special Collections Library, Pennsylvania State University.

Processing Information

Processed by Special Collections staff.

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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Graphic
  • Moving Image
  • Microforms
  • Photographic

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