Ms. Ruth Lozner

About Me

I maintain an active art and design practice as well as lecture on K-16 design education.

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Bio

Ruth Lozner is currently Professor Emeritaof Design, University of Maryland, College Park; previously, at the Parsons School of Design and the University of the Arts, where she was Chair of the Illustration Department. She is also a Fellow at the Royal Society of Arts, UK.

 Her assemblages and paintings have been shown in galleries and museums. Her illustration work has appeared in numerous publications including the New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic Magazine.

 Throughout her career, Ruth Lozner has lectured extensively at various venues (College Art Association Conferences, American Institute of Graphic Artists' Design Educators Conference, University and College Designers Association Conferences, Maryland Art Education Association Conference, UMD Innovation in Teaching Conferences (and at several art college and universities). She has been elected into and is now co-chair of the Academy of Excellence of Teaching and Learning at UMD, an organization that encourages and supports innovative pedagogical practices. Currently, she serves on the Education Committee for the Smithsonian National Design Museum, Cooper-Hewitt.  She has served on the National Board of the Graphic Artists Guild and is an active member of AIGA and National Art Education Association. 

 

 

  • Ruth authored "Where is Design in the K12 Curriculum? (And Why Isn’t it Taught in Art Education Programs?)"
  • Ruth Lozner commented on the article "Where is Design in the K12 Curriculum? (And Why Isn’t it Taught in Art Education Programs?)"

    sorry for those weird line breaks!

  • Ruth Lozner commented on the article "Where is Design in the K12 Curriculum? (And Why Isn’t it Taught in Art Education Programs?)"

    <!-- /* Font Definitions */ @font-face {font-family:"MS 明朝"; mso-font-charset:78; mso-generic-font-family:auto; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:-536870145 1791491579 18 0 131231 0;} @font-face {font-family:"MS 明朝"; mso-font-charset:78; mso-generic-font-family:auto; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:-536870145 1791491579 18 0 131231 0;} @font-face {font-family:Cambria; panose-1:2 4 5 3 5 4 6 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:auto; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:-536870145 1073743103 0 0 415 0;} /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-unhide:no; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; margin:0in; margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"MS 明朝"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} .MsoChpDefault {mso-style-type:export-only; mso-default-props:yes; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"MS 明朝"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} @page WordSection1 {size:8.5in 11.0in; margin:1.0in 1.25in 1.0in 1.25in; mso-header-margin:.5in; mso-footer-margin:.5in; mso-paper-source:0;} div.WordSection1 {page:WordSection1;} --> I am very gratified to see the response to my article. Thank you all.   I have been fortunate to have spent quite a bit of time in the UK over the last three years investigating K-12 design education methodologies and politics there --  visiting schools,  observing students , interviewing  administrators, educators and advocates. I am struck that theirs is a culture that truly understands and fully embraces design (and design education) and has since ye olde Guild days. In fact, last summer, there were giant banners across Oxford Street that proclaimed: “DESIGN IS GREAT Britain”!  How wonderful is that!?  Yet, I am stymied by the omission of design in any conversation about education reform here in the US.  Not only is there a Design Council (and Arts Council) in UK plus a multitude of design focused associations, and a plethora of world-class design institutions, there is a standing committee Innovation and Design- in Parliament! Can you imagine!?    One aspect that I believe deserves attention is the lack of a clear and relevant career path for any of those college students majoring in graphic design (or any other design field for that matter) to become K-12 teachers. The Art Education MAT programs that I am aware of, simply ignore design as a integral part of their curriculum (perhaps it has migrated into Tech Ed, which teaches computer applications without any overarching design principles).   Most of those Art Ed + Tech Ed  teachers have neither practiced nor been schooled in design and  all too often, if a “design  project” is introduced, the results  are… simply put, poorly designed!

  • Ruth Lozner commented on the article "Where is Design in the K12 Curriculum? (And Why Isn’t it Taught in Art Education Programs?)"

    sorry for those weird line breaks!

  • Ruth Lozner commented on the article "Where is Design in the K12 Curriculum? (And Why Isn’t it Taught in Art Education Programs?)"

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