Profile for Lisa Lenarz

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Specialty area(s)

Art Education


Brief biography

Lisa earned a B.S. in Art Education at UW-La Crosse and a M.F.A. in Visual Art from Vermont College of Fine Arts with emphases in Printmaking, Digital Media, and Feminist Art. She's been teaching art and art education courses in higher education for nine years and has ten years of experiencing teaching all levels of K-12 art in public schools; including charters (Montessori), digital and cultural approaches, and teaching adaptive art for differently abled learners. In addition to being an art educator, she is a practicing artist. Notable exhibitions include the Brooklyn Museum, as part of Ulrike Müller’s published, “Herstory Inventory: 100 Feminist Drawings by 100 Artists,” and at Galerie 5020 in Salzburg, Austria. Her work can be viewed online at: 



Current courses at UWL

SPRING 2021 
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ART102 - Art Appreciation
(Sec_411 online)
ART302 - Visual Language in the Global Classroom (Hybrid, Sec_01 T/TH 7:45-9:10am & Hybrid, Sec_02 T/TH 11-12:25, rm 203 Center for the Arts)
ART401 - Art Education Methods I: Foundational Practices (*spring only) (Sec_01 T/TH 2:15-3:40 pm, rm 203 Center for the Arts)
ART403 - Art Education Methods II: Contemporary Practices (*fall only) (Hybrid, Sec_01 T 2:15-3:40pm, rm 203 Center for the Arts)

EDS 351 Supervision of EC-A (Art Ed) Field I (scheduled observation times vary)
EDS 450_10F Supervision of EC-A (Art Ed) Field II (scheduled observation times vary)
Supervision of EC-A (Art Ed) Student Teachers (scheduled observation times vary)


M.F.A. in Visual/Studio Arts (Emphases in Printmaking, Digital Media, and Feminist Art), Vermont College of Fine Arts, (2010)

B.S. in Art Education (2007), University of Wisconsin - La Crosse

Minneapolis College of Art & Design (MCAD), Fine Arts (1993/1994)

Teaching history

UW-La Crosse
Assistant Professor (2018-Present)
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

Wisconsin Arts Board
Grant Proposal Review Panelist (2019)

Pump House Regional Arts Center
Gallery Committee (2010-2013 & 2018-2020)
Board Member, Youth Art Coordinator, & Instructor (2008-2013)

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 & 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.

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

Ongoing Research

Inclusive practices and approaches in Art Education. 



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



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