Dr. Lori Santos was named the 2023 Outstanding Higher Education Art Educator of the Year by the Kansas Art Education Association (KAEA). KAEA presented the award at its fall conference Oct. 7 at Emporia State University.
Santos, associate professor of art education in the School of Art, Design and Creative Industries, received her Ph.D. in art education, minor in art history with an emphasis in pre-Columbian, Latin American and Native American art from University of North Texas. In 2019, she attended the School of Art Leaders and began serving on the Task Force for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion with the National Art Education Association. She has led several small groups of Wichita State art students to Peru and Mexico to give them a cross-cultural experience and broaden their worldview, and her work has been shared through workshops, publications and art across the U.S. and around the world.
KAEA is a statewide professional organization dedicated to the growth and development of art educators and the advancement of high quality art education.