McNay Art Museum Educator named Outstanding Educator of the Year

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Rosemary Hickman, Semmes Foundation Museum Educator, Teacher & Public Programs at the McNay Art Museum, has been named the 2016 Outstanding Museum Art Educator by the Texas Art Education Association (TAEA).

Each year the TAEA, the largest state professional art education association in the nation, recognizes members from across the state with awards in various divisions. The Outstanding Museum Art Educator award is presented to a museum educator who has significantly contributed to the association and to art education on the state, local and / or national levels.

Hickman, who joined the McNay in April of 2013, was nominated by her peers for her hard work, dedication and advocacy. In her role as the museum’s Semmes Foundation Museum Educator, Teacher & Public Programs, Hickman organizes museum events for teachers including hands-on workshops, biannual Evening for Educators programs, and a Summer Teacher Institute. She also develops online resources for educators and interactive applications for visitors, plans exhibition-related adult programs like artist and curator talks, lectures, and art classes, and supervises education department interns.

Prior to joining the McNay, Hickman served as the Education Director at the Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts in Spring, Texas and as Program Coordinator of the MSC Forsyth Center Galleries at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.

“Incredibly deserving of this award, Rosemary stands out for her dedication to San Antonio educators and to museum educators in this community,” said Kate Carey, the McNay’s Director of Education. “In a very short time, she has established and nourished connections with educators and students through a variety of workshops, school visits, and educator programs, and she builds consensus and comradery wherever she goes. She’s an asset to the museum and to the arts education community in San Antonio.”

Hickman will receive her award from the association on Friday, November 13, 2015 during the TAEA 54th Annual Conference at Moody Gardens in Galveston, Texas.

Hickman is the 2nd McNay Museum Educator to receive this prestigious award. Carey, the Museum’s Director of Education, received the award in 2013.