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Kim Cosier

  • Professor Emerita, Art Education
  • Director, Community Engagement


PhD, Curriculum & Instruction (emphasis in art ed and social foundations of education), Indiana University
BS, Art Education, Western Michigan University


Kim Cosier is a Professor of Art Education in the Peck School of the Arts, where she has been happily teaching since 2001. She is a member of the activist art collective the Art Build Workers and she is founder and director of the Milwaukee Visionaries Project, an award-winning media production/literacy program for urban youth. With her wife, Josie Osborne, she is also a founder of ArtsECO, a program that develops teachers as change-makers backed by a strong and sustainable community of arts organizations, non-profits and K-16 school partnerships.

Cosier believes in the power of art and the human imagination to create a more just and joyful world. Her research and teaching interests focus on art and education for social justice, particularly related to intersecting cultural and social factors including race, gender, sexuality and class. She has published books and articles on these subjects including: Transforming City Schools Through Art, Rethinking Sexism, Gender and Sexuality, which won awards including an American Library Association Stonewall Award, On Whiteness and Becoming Warm Demanders, What Can Art and Art Education Do in the Perilous Present?  and Studies Invited Lecture 2020: Art Education when the World is on Fire.

Recent Awards include: Distinguished Fellow, National Art Education Association (2021),   Studies in Art Education Annual Invited Lecturer, National Art Education Association (2020), Wisconsin Visual Art Achievement Award: University Educator (2020) and UWM Outstanding Creative Research Achievement Award (2018)