Dawn Ward

Dawn Ward

Northwest Region
Holiday Island, Arkansas
479-968-0244 978-618-9738
[email protected]

As a professor of Art Education for the past 6 years, Dawn has spent time in the K-12 classroom working hand-in-hand with current and future art teachers. This experience has inspired her to reach out to art programs and community centers by providing workshops and art classes in rural and under-served communities. Her work with the K-12 Initiative at ATU recorded several hours of lectures on Medieval and Victorian Art has been made available for K-12 Classroom use at no cost to teachers. This program spearheaded by Dr. Diane Gleason has provided free training sessions for K-12 teachers for the past 5 years. In addition to her full-time teaching role at ATU, Dawn has provided teacher workshops at the Arkansas Educator’s Conference and worked with the Center for Art and Education in Van Buren as a juror and guest artist, where she presented a workshop on Mixed Media Art Journals. She is also a practicing artist whose work has been exhibited nationally and regionally in a variety of settings, most recently in Eureka Springs, Hot Springs and Russellville Arkansas.

Dawn believes the arts enrich lives both young and old and that everyone should have the opportunity to explore creativity and artistic practice. The arts promote critical thinking, improve cultural sensitivity and teach ways to observe and appreciate the world around us. Dawn tailors her residency or workshop to suit the facilities, budget and age group of the people she serves, and can accommodate both small and medium size groups.


Dawn Ward received her B.A. in Journalism from Northeastern State University in 1985, her graduate degrees; M.A. Studio Art with an emphasis in Printmaking, 1991 and Ph.D. in Art Education, 1998 are from New York University. Ward has served as Department Head & Professor of Art at Arkansas Tech University since 2012 where she has also been a member of the ATU Professional Development committee, contributed to the K-12 Initiative lecture series and currently sits on the ATU Museum Advisory Board. Dawn Ward has been an art teacher for 20+ years; starting her career in the high schools of Brooklyn where she absolutely fell in love with the profession. She has taught all ages in various settings, after school programs, summer camps, adult programs, teacher training workshops, high school classrooms and university classrooms.

AIE Program

Preferred Age Level: All Ages
Geographic Availability: Northwest Arkansas
Time Availability: February 2019 - December 2019 Weekdays
Special Needs: Tables and chairs
For More Information: www.dawnmward.com