Profile for Lisa Lenarz

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Specialty area(s)

Art Education


Brief biography

I earned my M.F.A. in Visual Art from Vermont College of Fine Arts with emphases in Printmaking, Digital Media, and Feminist Art. My work has been exhibited at 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. Additionally, I taught K-12 Art for ten years in the La Crosse School District and a combined six years as Adjunct Faculty in Higher Education at both UWL and Viterbo University. I currently teach primarily Art Education courses in the Dept. of Art, here at UWL.

Current courses at UWL

Spring 2020

ART102 - Art Appreciation (Sec_03 M/W 1:10-2:05pm, rm 116 Center for the Arts)
ART302 - Visual Language in the Global Classroom (Sec_01 T/TH 7:45-9:10am & Sec_02 T/TH 11-12:25, rm 203 Center for the Arts)
ART401 - EC-EA Art Education Methods (*spring only) (Sec_01 T/TH 2:15-3:40 pm, rm 203 Center for the Arts))
ART403 - EA-A Art Education Methods (*fall only) (Sec_01 T/TH 2:15-3:40pm, rm 203 Center for the Arts)
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)


Vermont College of Fine Arts, M.F.A. in Visual Arts (2010)
University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, B.S. in Art Education (2007)
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 (2015-2017)

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 (2019)
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

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

Current Writing Projects

Confronting [my own] Hegemonic Whiteness in Art Education
The Future of Visual and Tech Literacy in Art Education
Impacts of the Feminist Art Movement on Contemporary preK-12 Classroom Culture and Art Curriculum

- Cultural Responsive Models in Art Education
- Student-centered Learning in the Arts
- Embracing the Heterogeneous Classroom (Models for Inclusionary Practice)
- Technology as Relevant Media in preK-12 Art Education



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