E. Louis Lankford, Ph.D.,
Professor in Art Education at the University of Missouri-Saint Louis, where his chief responsibilities include preparing and implementing teacher and museum education courses and programs. He holds a joint appointment in the Department of Art and Art History and the Division of Teaching and Learning at UM-Saint Louis, and holds a staff position in Public Programs and Education at the Saint Louis Art Museum. Prior to assuming this professorship in 1997, Lankford served for fifteen years on the faculty of Art Education at The Ohio State University, where he garnered an Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching, and pioneered a graduate field-based course in museum education. He earned his Ph.D. in Art Education at Florida State University in 1980, and has since contributed to his field with over forty-five articles in professional journals, two books, several book chapters, and numerous keynote lectures delivered at local, regional, and national venues. He has served as faculty at teacher institutes in New York, New Orleans, and many other locations nationwide; served as a consultant for the J. Paul Getty Institute for Education in the Arts; and led tours through the collections of the Cleveland Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Columbus Museum of Art, Laumeier Sculpture Park, and other art museums and galleries, both large and small. His co-authored high school textbook, Themes and Foundations of Art, first published in 1995 and updated in 2000, broke new ground in its cross-cultural, thematic, and inquiry-based approach to teaching and learning in the visual arts. His most recent publications address the challenges controversial art pose to museum educators. In Spring of 2004, Lankford was honored with the Higher Education Art Educator of the Year award by the Missouri Art Education Association.