Debra Fitzsimmons

Lecturer in Education                 


Art Curriculum and Teaching, Integrative Curricula. Assessing Expressive Learning, Painting, Drawing


EdD Northern Illinois Univerisity
MFA Northern Illinois University
MEd Carthage College
BA Southern Illinois University

Course Taught                   

EDUC 312:  Integrating the Arts into the Learning Process

EDUC 422:  K-12 Curriculum and Instructional Design-Visual Arts                   


(2010, May). Creative paths. ARTisSpectrum Magazine, 24. 42-43.

(2010, May). Making Time for Making Art. ARTisSpectrum Magazine, 23. 40-42.

(2010, Spring). A working solution. Mosaic: Journal of the Illinois Art Education Association.

(2008, Sept). Digital portfolios in visual art classrooms. Art Education, 47-53.

(2007, Winter). Fusion, Distortion and Self-Image. Mosaic: Journal of the Illinois Art Education Association.

Contributing researcher in Dorn, Madeja, & Sabol. (2003.) Assessing expressive learning: A practical guide to artistic assessment in
visual arts education.  New York, NY:  Routledge.

Professional Activities                     

Presenter: 33 Illinois Art Education Association, National Art Education Association, and CollegeBoard™ conferences.

(2002 > present). Exam Reader for CollegeBoard™ AP® Studio Art.

Approved Independent Consultant for CollegeBoard™ AP® Studio Art Professional Development.

(2000-2011). Illinois Art Education Association NE Council Treasurer & Members Exhibit Chair.

Member: Illinois Art Education Association, National Art Education Association, Art Institute of Chicago, & Chicago Artists Coalition.       

Recent Art Exhibits                                 

2012. Robert T. Wright Gallery. Recent Works.

2012. University of Utah: Alvin Gittims Gallery Invitational Exhibit.

2012. Agora Gallery, NY. Exhibit:Portal to Enigma and Gallery Representation.

2010. Agora Gallery, NY. Exhibit: Pathways to Abstraction and Gallery Representation. 

2009. Art & Soul Gallery, Camel, IN. Gallery representation.

2008. Icons: Women Made Gallery, Chicago, IL.

2008. Feminist Ecology-Women and the Earth: Koehnline Museum of Art, Des Plains, IL.

2008. Visual Politics and The American Experience: Santa Cruz, CA.

2008. Midnight Oils: Mills Pond House Gallery, St James, NY.

2008. Portrait of American: AZ Gallery, St Paul, MN. Artistic Award.

2008. TheArtistProject: Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL.

2008. Woman’s Work 2008: Northwest Area Arts Council, Old Courthouse Gallery. Woodstock, IL. Merit Award.

2007. Marriot Invitational Exhibition:  Schaumberg, IL.

2007. Symbolism, Myth and Ritual: Koehnline Museum of Art, Des Plains, IL.

2007. Recent Works 2007: Robert T. Wright Gallery, Grayslake, IL. 

2007. Contemporary Symbolism: Christopher Art Gallery, Chicago Heights, IL. 

2007. Woman’s Work 2007: Northwest Area Arts Council, Old Courthouse Gallery. Woodstock, IL.

2007. The Painted Tongue: Union of Art & World. Union Street Gallery. Chicago Heights, IL.

2006. Winter Exhibition: Anderson Art Center, Kenosha, WI.

2006. Body of Art. Biotechnology: Willoughby & Baltic Fine Arts, Somerville, MA.

2006. Social Justice: Colfax Center South Bend, IN.

2006.  NAEA Electronic Gallery: Chicago, IL.

2006. IAEA Annual Exhibit: Eagle Ridge Resort, Galena, IL.

Educational Honors

Educational Honors Illinois Art Education Association Art Educator of the Year 2006
Illinois Alliance for Art Education, Distinguished Service Award 2005
Golden Apple Nominee 2003
Golden Apple Nominee 2000              


Mundelein High School: Department Lead Teacher, 9-12 Art and AP® Studio Art.

Dongola Unit SchooL: K-12 Art