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College of Fine Arts Research Profiles

Michelle Tillander
School of Art + Art History

Assistant Professor
T: 392-9977

College of Fine Arts
University of Florida
P.O. Box 115801
Gainesville, Fl 32611-5801

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Research Interests:

Art education, art, technology, curriculum

Research Summary:

Tillander's research explores digital technologies and contemporary learning. Her research explores digital technology’s potential impacts and limitations to communication, and acknowledges the emerging vernacular of youth who are ubiquitously engaged with digital media through visual digital processes. As part of my teaching philosophy, I recognize the need for reflection on the multiple ecologies of digital culture and our own educational trajectories. As a scholar, sometimes individually or in collaboration, we must design our own learning systems that draw from personal, local, and multiple knowledge traditions to learn and then share with others. For example, the use of digital technology in the MA in Art Education programdemonstrates that digital tools and platforms, if properly designed, enhance creative and critical thinking, and create new innovative models of teaching and learning for the unique style of higher education needed today.


2008 Ph.D. The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
1994 Virginia License Art Ed NK-12; additional Gifted Education Endorsement
1984 MFA Old Dominion University/Norfolk State University, Norfolk, VA.
1980 BA Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA.


- Integrating studio and design practice in ubiquitous learning environments. Virtual Presentation, Ubiquitous Learning: Sixth International Conference, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia Madrid, Spain. (November 2013)
- Tillander, M. (2012) Cities on the edge of tomorrow: Metaphor for an on-line art education curriculum. Keynote Speaker, the City and Aesthetics International Conference, Taipei, Taiwan. (December 29, 2012).
- Tillander, M. (2011). Pedagogy courses for prospective college teachers of art. Panelist, National Art Education Association, Seattle, WA.New Media Art, Identity, and Translations: The Paradox of the [In]visible. Presentation at the National Art Education Association, Minneapolis, MN. April 2009.
- Tillander, M. (2009, October). A Cultural Interface: New Media Research in Art Education. Faculty Lecture Series. Harn Museum
- Blurring Boundaries: An Interrogation of Learning with Digital Media and New Media Art. Presentation at International Digital Media and Arts Association (iDMAa 2008), “Ideas for the Future” Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), Savannah, GA. November 2008.
- Cultural Interface as an Approach to New Media art Education The 4th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry (QI2008). University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. May 14-17, 2008
- Tillander, M. & Woo, J. Y. Iterative Convergence, Bit, Byte, Dot. Spot: postdigital art, (April 18-July 2009), The Tampa Museum of Art. Florida. 4” Binding Unbound (2005/07). Collaborative Traveling Project. Sites 2005-2008:

Selected Works:

- Tillander, M. (2014). If Collaboration is the Answer: What Are the Questions? Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, FATE in Review, 35, p. 27-35.
- Tillander, M. (2013). Digital Visual Culture: The Paradox of the [In]visible. Digital Visual Culture: Interactions and Intersections in the 21st Century, Robert Sweeny (Ed.), National Art Education Association.
- Tillander, M. (2014) A Cultural Interface: New Media Research in Art Education. In M. Buffington and S. Wilson McKay (Eds.). Practice Theory: Seeing the Power of Teachers Researchers. VA: National Art Education Association.
- NAEA NEWS, Vol. 51 No. 2 (April 2009). Review of New Media in the White Cube and Beyond, (2008), Christian Paul (Ed.), University of California Press.


- 2013 Collaborative practice and ubiquitous learning: Online agency in the art education. Scholarship Enhancement Fund (SEF), College of Fine Arts, University of Florida.
- 2012 Artists Residency, Jentel Foundation, Banner, WY. 4-week residency.
- 2010 Artists Residency, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Residency Award, Amherst, Virginia. 3-week residency.
- 2010 Multimodal Conversations: Digital Interfaces as Synergy for Creative Narrative Strategies. Scholarship Enhancement Fund (SEF), College of Fine Arts, University of Florida.
- 2009 Body as Medium Workshop. Sponsored by the University of Florida and New World School of the Arts (NWSA)
- 2008 Fine Arts Scholarship Enhancement Award, College of Fine Arts, University of Florida Office of Research. New Media Conversations. (2008) (
- 2001 Surdna Fellowship Grant, Surdna Foundation, NY


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