Artist Honored for Teaching

Ginna Cullen, center, has been called a quiet warrior for art education. (Photo by VCU Office of Continuing and Professional Education)

Ginna Cullen, center, has been called a quiet warrior for art education. (Photo by VCU Office of Continuing and Professional Education)

The Virginia Art Education Association named Mary “Ginna” Burks Cullen ’67 art educator of the year for 2016.

Cullen is an adjunct faculty member at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond and is a retired art teacher from Louisa County public schools.

VAEA President Linda Conti called Cullen “a quiet warrior for art education, working constantly in the trenches on her own work, guiding others, and setting a gold standard for how to teach art and art education to teachers, who then pass this knowledge on to their students.”

Cullen majored in studio art at Mary Washington, then earned a master’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from Virginia Commonwealth University. At VCU, she works with the Office of Continuing and Professional Education, supervises student teachers, and teaches a professional development class in book arts for K-12 teachers.

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