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Scott Winterrowd is an art museum educator who has worked for major art museums, including the Amon Carter Museum, Dallas Museum of Art, and the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. He is currently working as Curator of Education at the Meadows Museum, Southern Methodist University which houses one of the most comprehensive collections of Spanish art outside of Spain. Scott holds a Master’s degree in Art Education and a Certificate in Art Museum Education from the University of North Texas. Much of Scott’s career has been devoted to working between art museums and the public education system. He has developed an array of multidisciplinary educational materials on a range of art topics covering both Western and non-Western art history for numerous museums. He most recently has co-authored educational materials for the Monuments Men Foundation in relation to the documentary film The Rape of Europa, and curricula for the film, The Monuments Men. He has also contributed secondary art curricular materials for the contemporary art collection at AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas.

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March 04, 2013

Visual Culture

The second path I want to journey down is my passion for Visual Culture and how that ties into our classrooms.

Let’s kick off with a little about my passion for Visual Culture. It was probably always lurking in the background, but it came to light with beginning to pin down a topic for my MA thesis at the University of Northern Iowa in 2008. Christopher Schulte* was there pushing me to dig deep into what drove me, to find a passion for a topic. I shared a story with him about a recent article I had read titled “50 Works of Art You Should See Before You Die” and a television commercial I had seen while watching football with my family of boys. The middle of the commercial for Sprint® featuring Peyton Manning (then quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts) flashed a few second likeness to M. C. Escher’s “Relativity.” I immediately caught the likeness, but no one else did. With the wonders of DVR, I backed the commercial up and asked my three boys (husband and two sons, ages 14 and 8 at the time) if they recognized any likeness of a work of art in the commercial. They didn’t. I grabbed the laptop and pulled up Escher’s work and they could then recognize the likeness. (Go ahead, search youtube for the “Manning’s Mind” commercial. You know you want to.)

This made me wonder if I was teaching my students to recognize the subtleties in today’s world where famous works of art were being infused all around us. The moment clicked. I had found my passion … Visual Culture.

*Now Dr. Christopher Schulte is an Assistant Professor at Lamar Dodd School of Art, University of Georgia after receiving his doctorate at Penn State University. Dr. Schulte is also a 2013 Elliot Eisner Doctoral Research Award in Art Education Runner-Up.

—Ronda Sternhagen   

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