Dr. Gillian Furniss, Ed.D. is an art educator and visual artist. Her mission is for all children to have access to a studio art experience so they can learn in and through the visual arts. She is committed to teaching art to multicultural children, training teachers to work in inclusive art classrooms in schools and community art organizations, and advocating for the visual arts as a site of learning.

Furniss teaches studio art, art education, arts integration, and art appreciation courses at the college and graduate levels. She teaches art education and autism workshops to pre-service and in-service teachers. She supervises teacher interns in schools and at summer arts camps. She writes scholarship concerning art education and art therapy. Furniss presents research at local, national, and international conferences. She exhibits her artwork in solo and group shows. 

All children should have access to a studio art experience
so they can learn in and through the visual arts.

HONORS, GRANTS & AWARDS

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

Recipient, Betty Oliver Scholarship, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, Maine, 2019

Awarded, Volunteer of the Year, Columbus Arts Council, Rosenzweig Arts Council, Columbus, MS, 2018

 

Selected, Permanent Art Collection, Artist-In-Residence Program, Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge, Dragon Fly-Lotus Flower, 2018

 

Awarded, Mississippi Art Education Association Higher Education Outstanding Art Educator of the Year, Mississippi Art Education Association, 2016


Recipient, Distinguished Artist Scholarship,The League Residency at Vyt, Sparkill, New York, 2016


Selected, Permanent Art Collection, Art Students League of New York, Lotus Flowers, No. 4, 2012


Awarded, Red Dot (First Prize), Art Students League of New York, Lotus Flowers, No. 4, 2012


Awarded, Blue Dot (Second Prize), Art Students League of New York, Lotus Flowers, No. 2, 2009


Recipient, Grant to curate the art exhibition Celebrating the Early Drawings of Benjamin, from President's Office of Community and Diversity and The Meyers Foundation, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY, 2007


Awarded, The Manhattan Borough President’s Certificate for Volunteerism, City Hall, New York, NY, 1997
 

Doctorate of Education, Art and Art Education Program

Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY

Master of Arts, Art and Art Education Program
Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY

Certificate of Graphic Design
Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA

Bachelor of Arts, Art History / History

Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA

The Art Students League of New York, New York, NY

Art New England Summer Workshops, Bennington, VT
 

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