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Dr. Erik A. Nielsen

Professor, Art Education
Office: JCM 1109
Office Phone: 245-3770

Dr. Evans-Palmer  

Dr. Teri Evans-Palmer

Assistant Professor
JCM 1112 B


Dr. Teri Evans-Palmer is Assistant Professor of Art Education at Texas State University-San Marcos. She has taught K-12 art in public schools and shares her passion for creativity and humor with art education students and her colleagues in Texas higher education institutions. Teri believes that:
art education is crucial to our lives because every human being passes through life with a need to tell his or her story. Art gives us a voice. When we make art, we speak the thoughts and desires that come from our heads and our hearts through our hands. What a travesty it would be to live your days on earth without being able to share the most vital part of ourselves. As art educators, we help children tell their stories by teaching them the language of art, while guiding them with the tools and techniques that help them speak. (T. Evans-Palmer, personal communication, February 17, 2013)

Dr. David Hefner

Senior Lecturer
JCM 1111A

  • 1976 B.S. Elementary Education with Kindergarten specialization, Baylor University
  • 1991 M.F.A. (Painting) University of Texas as Austin
  • 2009 Ph.D Ed, University of Texas at Austin

1999 – 2012 Texas State University, San Marcos
            Currently teaching Art Education and Mentoring Student Teachers
1998 – 1999 Concordia University, Austin
            Taught All levels of Painting and Art History
1991 – 2000 Laguna Gloria Art Museum
            Taught all ages of children Drawing, Painting and “Artist Explorers”
1977 – 1983 Open Door Preschool
            Taught Kindergarten in a “Mainstreaming Program”, integrating
            Special Needs Children into a Mainstream Kindergarten Program
1976 - 1977 The Windsor School
            Taught Kindergarten

Exhibiting artist since 1983. With the Davis Gallery since 1991.

  Sean Justice

Dr. Sean Justice

Assistant Professor
JCM 1112 A

My work in teacher education focuses on the maker movement, digital art, and Material Inquiry pedagogy. At Teachers College, Columbia University, where I taught in the Art & Art Education program, I directed the Myers Media Art Studio, a center for exploratory art and technology research and education. I’ve taught photography, digital art, writing and creative coding at high schools, art schools and universities, including Parsons, New York University, and the International Center of Photography. As an artist I’ve exhibited photographs, videos and computer animations both nationally and internationally. I’m especially drawn to conversation, coffee, and long walks with friends.

Linda Kelsey-Jones

JCM 1111A


Linda Kelsey-Jones is a life-long artist, and a Texas certified art educator.
Since moving to San Marcos in the mid-90's she has become an advocate for art in the schools and community. President of the San Marcos Arts Council, she curates two galleries, the Walkers' Gallery in the San Marcos
Activity Center and The Gallery of the Common Experience in the Mitte Honors Coffee Forum.

Sherry Snowden

Sherry Snowden



My aspiration has been to become one who inspires others. Teaching at all levels has been the journey of choice to help fulfill this desire. Earning a B.S. in Art Education, a B.S. in Interior Design, a Master’s degree in Elementary Education and Administration (Principal) Certification prepared me for the myriad of educator and leadership callings I have experienced over decades. Presenting at state and national conferences has permitted me to share best teaching practices and showcase amazing, student accomplishments in visual arts. An invitation to serve on the review and revision committee of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), has been a professional highlight to this fine arts advocate and visual arts educator.