Congratulations to the Journal of Aesthetic Education on its golden anniversary!

In honor of 50 years of publication, this volume of JAE has a shiny new cover!

This issue has several exciting articles, as well. Here’s a sneak peek of the table of contents.

“The Acquaintance Principle, Aesthetic Judgments, and Conceptual Art” by Andrea Sauchelli

“Commissioning the (Art)Work: From Singular Authorship to Collective Creatorship” by Katerina Bantinaki

“Aesthetic Educators, Aesthetic Experts, and Deferential Belief Formation” by Amir Konigsberg

“A Primordial Sense of Art” by Guillermo Marini

“Virginia Woolf, Literary Style, and Aesthetic Education” by Vid Simoniti

“Formalist Problems, Realist Solutions” by David Anthony Gall

“The Ethical Turn in Aesthetic Education: Early Chinese Thinkers on Music and Arts” by Ming Dong Gu

“Toward a Cinematic Pedagogy: Gilles Deleuze and Manoel de Oliveira” by Susana Viegas

This issue will be available online at JSTOR. Read the upcoming issue as well as past issues of JAE on JSTOR, and Project MUSE, or learn more about the Journal on our website

Some Friday Fun: Remembering the First Issue of the Journal of Aesthetic Education.

The inaugural issue of JAE was published in the spring of 1966. In it, an article that discussed the government initiatives to beautify America, for which its author Thomas Munro largely credited “Lady Bird” Johnson. After the article, “‘Beautification’ Reconsidered”, was published, Bess Abell, the First Lady’s Social Secretary, contacted the Press in thanks.The letter from July 8, 1966, reads:

Dear Professor Smith:

Mrs. Johnson asked me to thank you for giving her the opportunity to see your new magazine and especially for pointing out the article “’Beautification’ Reconsidered.”

With gratitude and best wishes,
Bess Abell
Social Secretary


We thought this was a neat artifact from the University of Illinois Press’s history and we’re glad to be able to share it!