Phillip Yenawine

2012 Educator-in-Residence

Phillip Yenawine was the first-ever Gardner Museum Educator-in-Residence in 2012.

Yenawine is co-founder (with cognitive psychologist Abigail Housen) of Visual Understanding in Education (VUE), and together they are the authors and creators of Visual Thinking Strategies, an art-based elementary curriculum. He was Director of Education at The Museum of Modern Art from 1983-93, and also served as consulting curator at the Institute for Contemporary Art, and as Visiting Professor of art education at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, both in Boston.

Yenawine is the author of an introduction to modern art, a dictionary of art terms, and six children's books about art. He is also the recipient of the National Art Education Association Award for Distinguished Service, 1993; the National Art Education Association Museum Educator of the Year Award, 1991; the New York State Governor's Award for Visual AIDS and A Day Without Art, 1990; and the New York State Governor's Award for The Museum of Modern Art's program for people with hearing disabilities, 1984. He has served as the George A. Miller Visiting Scholar at the University of Illinois, and in 2003, he received an honorary doctorate from the Kansas City Art Institute.