Deborah L. Smith-Shank, professor of art and art education, faculty associate in women's studies and LGBT studies, and head of the art education division at Northern Illinois University, will give the keynote address, "Snowy White Sheets, Rosy Red Feathers, and Muddy Black Roots: Myths and Feminist Visual Culture," at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 6.
The lecture is open to the public.
Smith-Shank is the vice president of the International Society for Education Through Art (InSEA) and the North American world counselor of InSEA, and has served as president of the National Art Education Women's Caucus from 1998 to 2000, president of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender/Queer Issues Caucus from 2001-2003, and executive secretary of the World Council of InSEA.
has written numerous papers and publications, including "Semiotics
and the Visual Culture: Sights, Signs, and Significance" published in 2004, and has received teaching awards and grants to conduct research on visual culture and gender in the United States, Europe and Asia.