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Lisa Lenarz

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Associate Professor
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

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Lisa Lenarz Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Associate Professor


Specialty area(s)

-Art Education
-Interdisciplinary Studio Art

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Brief biography

Lisa Lenarz is an associate professor in the Department of Art at UW-L, specializing in art education and interdisciplinary studio practices. Her primary research interests include: global and multicultural art education, art-integrated STEM, including technology-integrated art, and interdisciplinary art practices (for expanded details click here). Prior to her current position/role, Professor Lenarz taught art at all levels (K-12) in the La Crosse School District of La Crosse (10 years) and as an adjunct instructor at both UW-L and Viterbo University (6 years). 

Current courses at UWL

ON CAMPUS courses
ART 102 - Art Appreciation (online/asynchronously - occasionally Winter/Summer)
ART302 - Visual Language in the Global Classroom (occasionally, Japan)
ART 361 - Field I in Art Education 
ART 461 - Field II in Art Education 
ART401 - Art Education Methods I: Foundational Practices (spring only) 
ART403 - Art Education Methods II: Contemporary Practices (fall only) 
ART 413 - Independent Study: Advanced Studio Practices in Art Education (occasionally)
ART 415 - Art Seminar (occasionally Summer Japan)
EDS 492 - K-12 Student Teaching Seminar for AWLME (Art, World Language, and Music Education)

SUPERVISION in the Field
ART 361 - Field I in Art Education 
ART 461 - Field II in Art Education 
EDS 497 - K-12 Art Education, Student Teachers 


M.F.A. in Visual/Studio Art, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, VT | 2010, with work focused on sculptural installation, video, and printmaking.
B.S. in Art Education, University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, La Crosse, WI | 2007, with studies focused on printmaking, sculpture, and painting.
Fine Arts, Minneapolis College of Art & Design (MCAD), Minneapolis, MN | 1993/1994, studying drawing, painting, sculpture, and graphic design.


Teaching history

UW-La Crosse
Associate Professor (2022-current)
Assistant Professor (2018-2022)
Associate Lecturer (2017-2018 & 2012-2014)

Viterbo University
Adjunct Faculty (2014-2017)

School District of La Crosse
Art Teacher K-12 (2008-2018)

Professional history

Pump House Regional Arts Center
Gallery Committee (2010-2013 & 2018-2021)
Board Member, Youth Art Coordinator, & Instructor (2008-2013)

Wisconsin Arts Board
Grant Proposal Review Panelist (2019)

WAEA (Wisconsin Art Education Association)
Co-Interim President Elect (2013-2014), Web Designer (2012-2014), Advocacy Representative (2011-2012), & Elementary Education Representative (2010-2011)

Research and publishing

Published Articles

Lenarz, Lisa M. (2018/2019). Engaging Marginalized Students Through the Visual Arts. ASCD Journal (Associate for Supervision and Curriculum Development), December/January (Issue).

Editor/Mentor of Published Student Research

Bernhagen, M., Smith, S., & Sonnek, A. (2020). Testing Creative Lines of Inquiry in the Art Classroom (1014494990 780430603 L. Lenarz, Ed.). Journal of Undergraduate Research, XXIII.



Ariel Beaujot, History; Nese Nasif, Marketing; and Kathleen Hawkes, Lisa Lenarz, Marc Manke and Sierra Rooney, all Visual & Performing Arts; received the award for Preservation Alliance of La Crosse Heritage Award at Preservation Alliance of La Crosse Banquet on Wednesday, Sept. 6 in La Crosse, WI, USA. Preservation Alliance of La Crosse has granted us the 2023 Heritage Award for contribution to Historic Preservation via the Hear, Here Project.

Submitted on: Aug. 28, 2023


Lisa Lenarz, Art, received the award for 2021 Higher Education Art Educator Award from Wisconsin Art Education Association. Lisa was nominated by WAEA Past President, Tiffany Beltz. The award will be presented at the WAEA's Fall conference, Thursday, October 21st. (WI Location TBD).

Submitted on: May 4, 2021


Kathleen Hawkes and Lisa Lenarz, both Art; Jonathan Borja, Music; and Joseph Anderson, Mary Leonard and Gregory Parmeter, all Theatre Arts; presented "various workshops in art, music and theatre" at Arts Day 2019 on Monday, Nov. 4 in La Crosse, WI. Faculty from the School of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) presented workshops on stage makeup, photography, graffiti art, musical theatre and stage combat to area high school students who attended the all day Arts Day event at UWL.

Submitted on: Nov. 4, 2019


Lisa Lenarz, Art; Jennifer Kosiak and Jenni McCool, both Mathematics, Statistics; and Lindsey Butts, Ashley Cree and Mai Chao Duddeck, all SOE office of the dean; received the award for the Forrest E. Mars, Jr. Chocolate History Research Grant at the 15th Annual banquet dinner of the Heritage Chocolate Society on Jan. 19 in Orlando, FL.

Submitted on: Jan. 30, 2019


Lisa Lenarz, Art, authored the article "Portraits of Courage" in "Educational Leadership" published on Dec. 9, 2018 by ASCD.

Submitted on: Dec. 10, 2018