September 29, 2020

Joo Kim, associate professor of studio art, has been honored with the 2020 FAEA Higher Education Art Educator of the Year Award. Kim also received the Art Educator of the Year Award in 2011 and is the only UCF faculty member to have received these awards to date.

Each year, the FAEA recognizes individuals within the membership who have achieved the highest level of professionalism in art education, and shows appreciation for individuals or organizations that have contributed their services in an exemplary way to the association. The Educator of the Year awards are selected through a competitive nomination process and given to people with:

  • Demonstrated outstanding teaching.
  • Demonstrated leadership within the organization and the field of art education.
  • Research or publication or exhibition that contributes to the body of knowledge of the field at the local or state level.
  • A demonstrated local or state reputation in the area of art education.
  • Active participation in FAEA at the local or state level.
  • Development of an outstanding program in the field at the local or state level.
  • Worthwhile contributions with regard to local or state conferences and designing workshops, panels, presentations, or media events.

The Florida Art Education Association (FAEA) promotes visual arts education in Florida through professional development, service, advancement of knowledge and leadership. FAEA promotes quality instruction in visual arts education conducted by certified instructors of art.

Kim received her Ph.D. in Design Communication from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and currently teaches Computer Graphics at UCF. In addition to her teaching, She is a graphic artist and is actively involved in both national and international exhibitions featuring her work in countries including China, Malaysia, Korea, Philippines, Turkey, Thailand and Uzbekistan. Her most recent solo exhibition was held in Reykjavik, Iceland.

This honored award will be presented at the 2020 FAEA Virtual Annual Conference during the Awards Ceremony on November 8.