Christopher Strickland


Assistant Professor, Art Education, Graduate Art Education Program Chair

Office: FAB 300A   |    Phone: 308-865-8590   |    Email:

Christopher Strickland


Christopher M. Strickland is an artist, educator, researcher, and creativity and educational consultant. He holds a BFA inFine Arts Education and Painting, an M.Ed. in Arts Integration: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Design, and Ph.D. in Educational Studies, with a concentration in Educational Leadership from Lesley University.

Prior to moving to Nebraska and joining the UNK Faculty, he lived in New England and taught K-12 visual arts education in New Hampshire. His research focuses on autoethnographic and arts-based inquiry and broadly encompasses identity,creativity and art education, visual literacy, interdisciplinary curriculum design, and culturally responsive teaching. Christopher’s abstract watercolor paintings are displayed in personal collections across the United States, and in regional galleries, businesses, and exhibitions.


  • BFA (2001) - University of Southern Maine, Portland, ME
  • M.Ed. (2008) - Lesley University, Cambridge, MA
  • Ph.D. (2018) - Lesley University, Cambridge, MA

Professional Affiliations:

  • Nebraska Art Teachers Association
  • National Art Education Association
  • International Visual Literacy Association


Strickland, C. M. (2018). The Way of the Artist Educator: Understanding the Fusion of Artistic Studio Practice and Teaching Pedagogy of K-12 Visual Arts Educators. Ph.D. Dissertation, Lesley University.

Selected Publications:


Strickland, C. M. (2022).  Letters to an Aspiring Scholar. HC Press.

Strickland, C. M. (2003). In a Perfect World. In Check, E. & Lampela, L. (Eds.). From our Voices: Artists & Art Educators Speak Out about LGBT Issues. Kendall/Hunt Publishing Co.


Strickland, C. M. (2020). The Way of the Artist Educator. International Journal of Education Through Art, 16(2)

Kapley-Berkely, S., DiMartino, L., Strickland, C. M. (2019). Post Dissertation: Surviving and Thriving DoctoralTransition. Reflective Practice, 20(6)


Strickland, C. M. (2019). Creatively communicating metacognition and meaning making: The art of visual journaling for learning. ReDesign

Selected Exhibitions:

Solo Exhibitions:

  • 2022 Willa Cather Foundation | Red Cloud Opera House Gallery, Red Cloud, NE
  • 2020 Liminality: Reflections of a Changing Life, JDAC Gallery, Hastings, NE
  • 2018 Current Work, The Stone Church, Newmarket, NH
  • 2016 Current Work, The Big Bean Cafe, Newmarket, NH

Group Exhibitions:

  • 2022 UNK Faculty Exhibit, Walker Gallery, Kearney, NE
  • 2021 NATA Juried Artist Educator Exhibit, The Hot Shops, Omaha, NE
  • 2021 Seacoast Moderns, Morgan Gallery, Kittery, ME
  • 2020 A Decade of Exploration, Kittery Art Association, Kittery, ME
  • 2019 Scintilla Box Art Project, Hastings College, Hastings, NE
  • 2019 Flourish, Kittery Art Association, Kittery, ME
  • 2018 Seacoast Moderns, The Stone Church, Newmarket, NH
  • 2018 Moderns in Process, Kittery Art Association, Kittery, ME
  • 2017 National Art Education Association Web Gallery,
  • 2017 Local Artists, A Rhogue Gallery, Cape Neddick, ME
  • 2016 Annual District Art Educator Exhibit, McConnell Center, Dover, NH
  • 2015 Synergy, Kittery Art Association, Kittery, ME