Visual Arts Research

Editor: Sarah Travis and Laura Hetrick


Current Volume: 50 (2024)
Issued biannually (Summer and Winter)
ISSN: 0736-0770
eISSN: 2151-8009


Visual Arts Research (VAR) provides a forum for historical, critical, cultural, psychological, educational, and conceptual research in visual arts and aesthetic education. Unusual in its length and breadth, VAR typically publishes 9 - 12 scholarly papers per issue and remains committed to its original mission to provide a venue for both longstanding research questions and traditions alongside emerging interests and methodologies.


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Sarah Travis and Laura Hetrick
Visual Arts Research
143 Art and Design
University of Illinois
Champaign, IL 61820

Editorial Board

  • Joni Boyd Acuff, The Ohio State University
  • Angela Baldus, The University of British Columbia
  • Terry Barrett, The Ohio State University
  • Jasmine Begeske, Purdue University
  • Joy G. Bertling, The University of Tennessee Knoxville
  • Paulina Camacho Valencia, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville
  • Cala Coats, Arizona State University
  • Yichien Cooper, Washington State University
  • Kendall Crabbe, University of Arizona
  • Kimberley D'Adamo, University of Nebraska
  • Stephanie Danker, Miami University
  • Richard Fletcher, The Ohio State University
  • Christina Hanawalt, University of Georgia
  • Emiel Heijnen, Amsterdam University of the Arts
  • Emily J. Hood, University of Arkansas at Little Rock
  • Mira Kallio-Tavin, University of Georgia
  • Dana Carlisle Kletchka, The Ohio State University
  • Aaron Knochel, The Pennsylvania State University 
  • Hyunji Kwon, University of South Carolina
  • Lillian L. Lewis, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Christine Liao, University of North Carolina at Wilmington
  • David Modler, Shepherd University
  • Hayon Park, George Mason University
  • Samuel H. Peck, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
  • César A. Peña-Iguavita, Universidad de los Andes
  • Samuel D. Rocha, The University of British Columbia
  • Karyn Sandlos, University of Illinois Chicago
  • Gigi Schroeder Yu, University of New Mexico
  • Sara Scott Shields, Florida State University
  • Richard Siegesmund, Northern Illinois University
  • Albert Stabler, Illinois State University
  • Kryssi Staikidis, Northern Illinois University
  • Jody Stokes-Casey, University of Kentucky
  • Anne Thulson, Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • Merel Visse, Drew University
  • gloria j. wilson, The Ohio State University
  • Kate Wurtzel, Appalachian State University
  • Ahu Yolac, Lawrence Technological University
  • Injeong Yoon-Ramirez, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville

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Visual Arts Research

Manuscripts of approximately 4,500 words should be submitted electronically to the Visual Arts Research online manuscript submission system. This secure, personalized resource will allow you to track your manuscript through each step of the review and acceptance process. To begin, click on the link below to set up your personal account and upload your submission. Your transmitted material will be reviewed as soon as possible.

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READ BEFORE SUBMITTING: Submissions should follow the recommendations of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 7th edition, 2021. Accompanying tables, figures, images, or illustrations should appear at the end of each manuscript, and must be submitted in accordance with APA guidelines (click here to download).

This journal utilizes a double-blinded review process in which all manuscripts are blind reviewed by members of the Visual Arts Research Editorial Board. Figures, images, or illustrations accompanying final accepted manuscripts must be submitted as separate electronic files, properly labeled, formatted as TIFF documents, 300 dpi, and sized in height and width dimensions approximate to how the writer wishes these materials to appear in the journal. Only high quality images or figures will be accepted. Images appearing in accepted manuscripts must comply with U.S. copyright laws. Writers will be asked to obtain permission for VAR to publish copyrighted photographs, illustrations, or images. Visual Arts Research will provide blank permission forms to authors, which must be returned prior to final acceptance.

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Featured Articles

Editor's Note: Queering Art Education
Courtnie N. Wolfgang

Part 1, Learning to Be Black: Unreconciled Strivings of DL and Black Gay Male Identity
Alphonso Walter Grant

Finding (One)self in Art Education: A Queer Conversation
Darden Bradshaw and Ria

Poster Queers: A Visual Analysis of an LGBTQ+ Film Festival
Jessica L. Huth

Big Gay Church VARchive: Decade One
James H. Sanders III, Mindi Rhoades, Kim Cosier and Courtnie N. Wolfgang

Queer Up! Application of Queer Representation in Art Education
Meng-Jung Yang and Kevin Hsieh

Redefining Controversy and Outness: Honest Queer Art Education in the South
Madison Manning

The Personal Is Pedagogical: Manifesting Queerness in an Academic Department
Dana Carlisle Kletchka, Joni Boyd Acuff, Christine Ballengee Morris, James H. Sanders III and Shari Savage

Exploring the Implications of Melanie Yergeau's Neuroqueer for Art Education
Michelle Attias

Part 2, What It Means to Be Black: DL, Black, and Black Gay Male Images in Media—A Television Criticism
Alphonso Walter Grant

Black on Black on Black on Black: An interview with Artist-Scholar Dr. Blair Ebony Smith
Laura J. Hetrick, Dr. Blair Ebony Smith (Freely Available until 11/30)

Pitfalls and Possibilities of Reciprocal Community Engagement: A Call to the Academy as a Platform for Activism
Injeong Yoon-Ramirez

Collage as Epistemology: Construction—Deconstruction—Reconstruction
Elizabeth R. Graham, David E. Gussak

"If a Black Woman Had Done It": The Beliefs and Attitudes of Black Women K–12 Art Educators' Curricular Experiences
Indira Bailey

Bringing Pieces of Myself Home to Myself
Nicole Y. S. Lee

Mentoring Future Academics: A College Teaching Course for the Visual Arts
Erin J. Hoppe; Shari L. Savage

Craft as Care-Full Correspondence
Amber Ward; Jennifer Harness Wilkinson

Tracing Images of Precarity: Sketching, Mourning, and a Relational Making Practice
Heather Kaplan

Black Girls and Korean Popular Culture: Embodying Identity as a Multiple Self through Portraiture Photography
Hyunji Kwon

Toward Provocations for Playing with Games as Technologies
Hong-An Wu

OA Content

Black on Black on Black on Black: An interview with Artist-Scholar Dr. Blair Ebony Smith
Laura J. Hetrick, Dr. Blair Ebony Smith (Freely Available until 11/30)