Visual Arts Research

Editor: Laura Hetrick, Jorge Lucero, and Sarah Travis


Current Volume: 49 (2023)
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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Laura Hetrick, Jorge Lucero, and Sarah Travis

Visual Arts Research
143 Art and Design
University of Illinois
Champaign, IL 61820

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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