Diane Papageorge will bring 31 years of experience in elementary art along with her unique approach to teaching the creative process to the 16th Annual Black Hills State University Keynote. A dynamic public speaker, her keynote address will include an interactive experience where the audience will get a personal understanding of what it is like to have a learning disability. She will discuss her experience receiving the Robert Rauschenberg Scholarship Award in Washington D.C. for her work with at-risk students and students with learning disabilities. She will also discuss her workshops at the Raushenberg Center, where the educational philosophy centers around integrating the visual arts into all common core curriculums with the theory that the arts act as a valuable resource to educate people of all abilities.
Diane received her terminal degree, an MFA in painting from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri in 2001. She received her BFA in painting from Washington University in St. Louis in 1981. She taught elementary education in the Fort Zumwalt and Orchard Farm School Districts, located in the metropolitan area of St. Louis Missouri. She was the Elementary Art Curriculum Coordinator for 12 years in the Fort Zumwalt School District, working with the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to develop state and district visual arts curriculum standards. She has been awarded Teacher of the Year in For Zumwalt 3 times, and received the Missouri State Art Teacher of the Year in 2011. Her personal artwork has been shown in numerous national exhibitions and is a highly sought-after artist in the St. Louis region. In her keynote, Diane will also discuss how to balance life as a working professional artist and an art educator.