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R. Darden Bradshaw

Associate Professor

Full-Time Faculty

College of Arts and Sciences: Art and Design


Email: R. Darden Bradshaw
Phone: 937-229-3207
Curriculum Vitae: Read CV


  • Ph.D. in Art History and Education, the University of Arizona, 2013
  • MFA in Fiber Arts, the University of Arizona, 2001
  • BFA in Visual Studies, Iowa State University, 1995


Artist and educator R. Darden Bradshaw is an Associate Professor of Art Education and serves as Area Coordinator for Art Education. Dr. Bradshaw teaches all levels of art education courses, supervises student teaching practice and advises art education students.

Prior to coming to the University of Dayton, Dr. Bradshaw worked as a middle school Art Integration Specialist in the Tucson Unified School District (2006-2011) where she collaborated with classroom educators to teach their discipline specific curriculum and art through reciprocal, mutually supportive structures. Additionally, Dr. Bradshaw taught studio art courses in fibers, basic design, and art history at Pima Community College and the University of Arizona from 2001-11.

Dr. Bradshaw serves as a consultant and trainer for the nationally recognized nonprofit organization Arts Integration Solutions where she engages professional educators, inside and outside the art disciplines, in creating innovative art integration curricular engagements for grades K-12. Dr. Bradshaw also served as a member of the Editorial Review Board for the Journal of Art Education from 2011-14.

Top of page: Ponte de Greci, Calle della Madonna, Venezia, Italy, 2018, handmade felt. Image credit: M. Parker.

Faculty perspective

"Believing that the role of art educator is a dialogic one in which we navigate the liminal spaces between the worlds of artist and educator, maker and thinker, I am committed to facilitating a space in which students use theory and philosophy to inform their practice and pedagogy. Teaching is a reflective, relational practice through which learners make meaning of their worlds. Art education and art making are not just opportunities to collaborate with others while giving visual form to ideas, but they are transformative practices in which to find imaginative possibilities that comment on, critique and offer solutions to social issues and challenges facing students engaged in the contemporary K-12 educational system."

Courses taught

  • Integrating Visual Culture
  • Early Childhood Art Methods
  • Introduction to Art Education
  • Foundations of Art Education
  • Teaching the Visual Arts

Professional affiliations

  • K-12 Certified Art Educator 2006-present
  • Member, National Art Education Association 2001-present
  • Member, Editorial Review Board, the Journal of Art Education, 2011-2014

Selected publications

Bradshaw, R. D. (2019). Embroidered narratives: Threads of the selfie. In E. Garber, L. Hochtritt, & M. Sharma (Eds.) Makers, crafters, educators working for cultural change (pp. 112-114). New York, NY: Routledge.

Bradshaw, R. D. (2018). Chilean Arpilleras: Writing a Visual Culture. Textile Society of America Symposium Proceedings. 1069.

Bradshaw, R. D. (2017). Arts integration in education: Teachers and teaching artists as agents of change [Book review.] Journal of Cultural Research in Art Education, 34. Tucson, AZ: University of Arizona and the International Society for Art Education. Access at:

Bradshaw, R. D. (2016). Art integration fosters empathy in the middle school classroom. The Clearinghouse: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues, and Ideas, 89 (4-5), 109-117. Taylor & Francis. Access at:

Bradshaw, R.D. (2016). Art integration: A turning point in becoming. The Journal of Social Theory in Art Education, 36, 4-8. Richmond, VA: Virginia Commonwealth University. Access at:

Bradshaw, R. & Bergstrom, B. (2015). Tangling in Remix. The Journal of Cultural Research in Art Education, (32):17-50. The United States Society for Education through Art (USSEA) and the University of Arizona.

Bradshaw, R. (2014). Dialogue and Reflective Visual Journaling: A Means to Empower Preservice Educators. VOKE art, 2. Visual research project can be accessed at Article available at