Associate Professor of Art Education



Education: Ph.D., Art Education, University of Iowa; M.A., Fiber and Textile Design, University of Iowa; M.A., Art Education, University of Iowa; B.A., Art (Magna Cum Laude), Viterbo University

Professional Experience: Dr. Patrick Fahey is Area Coordinator for Art Education in the Department of Art and Associate Curator of Education at the Gregory Allicar Museum of Art. He is past Co-Director of the School of the Arts and Chair of the Department of Art and Art History, serving earlier as Assistant Chair. Dr. Fahey has taught all levels of art, beginning his career as a K-12 art educator in Wisconsin. He later went on to teach art at the high school level before returning to school to pursue his graduate degrees.

Research and Artistry: As a practicing artist and researcher, Dr. Fahey has exhibited mixed media and encaustic art work in California, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Washington, D.C., Arizona, Minnesota, Oregon, New Mexico, Maine, Missouri, Indiana, Virginia, Florida and New York in juried and invited group and solo exhibitions. His research in pre-service art education, arts integration and service-learning in art is published in such journals as The Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas, Art Education: The Journal of the National Art Education Association, Visual Arts Research, Gifted Child Today, School Arts and CAEA Collage. Dr. Fahey co-chaired the Colorado Academic Visual Arts Standards Committee and served as facilitator of the Colorado Sample Curriculum Project with the Department of Education; co-authoring numerous units of study. Dr. Fahey has been on the editorial boards of Seminar for Research in Art Education Abstracts, serving two years as editor; Visual Arts Research; and on the editorial board of Arts Education Policy Review. Dr. Fahey has given over 70 professional juried presentations at such conferences as the National Network for Education Renewal, National Art Education Association, Colorado Art Education Association, Center for Integrated Arts Education, International Society for Education through Art, International Conference on Service-Learning Research, ArtSource Colorado and the National Conference on Foundations in Art: Theory and Education.

Service: Dr. Fahey has a long record of service. He served as Vice-President (Pacific Region) and on the Executive/Finance Committee of the National Art Education Association, as well as President, Vice-President and Treasurer of the Colorado Art Education Association and on the Executive Board of NAEA’s Seminar for Research in Art Education. He regularly provides professional development to art educators in the state and across the nation. Dr. Fahey’s honors include: 2010-2011 Award for Distinction in Outreach, College of Liberal Arts, Colorado State University; NAEA 2009 Pacific Region Art Educator of the Year Award; 2008 Colorado Art Educator of the Year Award; 2004 Colorado Art Education Association Marion Quin Dix Art Leadership Award; 2001 Colorado Alliance for Arts Education Exemplary Model Award to It’s a G.A.S. (Garfield Art Squad/Garfield After School); 1999-2000 Instructional Innovation in Service Learning Award, Colorado State University; 1999 Colorado Higher Education Art Educator of the Year; 1999 Marilyn Zurmuehlen Award, NAEA Seminar for Research in Art Education; NAEA Seminar for Research in Art Education President's Choice Award; and Outstanding Community Partnership Award, Colorado Alliance for Arts Education.



  • ART325: Concepts in Art Education


    The intent of this course is to introduce students to concepts on how artistic learning occurs in children, adolescents and adults; including special populations. Additionally, students investigate how these concepts shaped art education practice in the past and how it continues to influence current pedagogical practice in art. This class is meant to provide a foundation for later course work in art education. A practicum experience with special populations is an integral component of this class. Class website:

  • ART326: Art Education Studio


    This class is intended to give art education students the opportunity to explore materials, techniques, and equipment for instruction in the K-12 school art curricula. Students are involved with planning and teaching art experiences, as well as creating art work. Students develop a collection of reference materials; learn about additional studio techniques and equipment—with an emphasis on technology including electronic art and digital fabrication; and research the operational components of managing an art program. Class website:

  • EDUC466: Methods and Assessment in K-12 Art Education


    In this course students continue to explore the components of curriculum design—standards, lesson planning, differentiation and assessment in art; selecting and classifying appropriate concepts, subjects, themes, contemporary art and other related sources for content to teach K-12 students. Art education students use units and lesson plans created in class to provide weekly art instruction to K-5 students at an expeditionary learning school in the Poudre School District. The semester concludes with a school-wide exhibition of K-5 student art. Class website:

  • EDUC493: Professional Relations (Student Teaching Seminar-Art


    In this class, art students in the process of becoming teachers will continue to search to find insight into the basic philosophical understanding of what may be termed an educational experience: who they are, what they do, and how they define themselves in the context of the teaching situation. Additionally, students prepare a portfolio, complete a Teacher Work Sample (TWS) and develop interview skills by participating in mock interviews. Class website:

  • ART492b Art Education Seminar

    Current issues and topics in Art Education are addressed in this class. Topics change based on student interest and demand. Past classes have included: Art Education and the Museum; Art Education and Diversity; and Art and the Young Child. A museum practicum is provided through the University Art Museum’s BRAINY program. Class website: