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VAUGHAN, Kathleen


COHDS Co-Director - Core Member

Associate Professor, Department of Art Education, Concordia University

Concordia University Research Chair in Socially Engaged Art and Public Pedagogies (Tier 2)

Dr. Kathleen Vaughan is a visual artist, writer, scholar, and educator whose work reflects a trans-disciplinary orientation to questions of place and belonging and the theme of ‘home’. She aims to balance her love for post-industrial sites, urban forests and green spaces with critical engagement, and often uses walking and mapping as method and form. Kathleen uses textile practices, painting, drawing, photography, installation, audio and video. Her work comprises multiple approaches, studio-based, collaborative/participatory and community-based. Active within her Montreal neighbourhood of Pointe-St-Charles, Kathleen has worked with seniors and children in social housing, schools and community agencies. She has also developed creative projects with children, adults and seniors in Toronto, Iceland, Latvia and the Netherlands, oriented to cultivating knowledge and awareness of ‘place’ and building community. At Concordia and with colleagues Steven High and Cynthia Hammond, Kathleen is part of the Right to the City teaching initiative, which encourages students to discover how learning with the city, and across disciplines, can enrich education while giving back to the community at large.

As the Concordia University Research Chair in Socially Engaged Art and Public Pedagogies and Associate Professor of Art Education, Kathleen has initiated Studio Re-Imagine, which is creating and evaluating a series of socially engaged art projects in collaboration with a variety of local stakeholders in Montreal, Canada, and elsewhere, working with graduate researchers via research-creation and oral history methods. Its mandate is to explore how socially engaged art engages public pedagogies to build impact and promote change.

Kathleen earned York University’s (Toronto) first practice-based PhD, in Education (2007). She also holds an MFA in Studio Arts from Concordia University (Montreal), a diploma in Drawing and Painting from the (then) Ontario College of Art, and a BA in English literature from the University of Toronto. Prior to joining the Art Education faculty at Concordia in 2008, Kathleen taught in York University's Faculty of Education, at the Ontario College of Art and Design, in Concordia's Studio Arts department and through visiting artist programs in Toronto schools.

Publications, presentations, and other outcomes

Recent refereed publications

Vaughan, K., Levesque, M., Szabad-Smyth, L., Garnet, D., Fitch, S., & Sinner, A. (2017). A history of community art education at Concordia University: Educating the artist teacher through practice and collaboration. Studies in Art Education, 58(1), 28-38.

Vaughan, K., & Pyne Feinberg, P. (2017). Walking together: Shared authority and co-mentorship between two artists on the move. Visual Inquiry, 5(3), 249-261. Special Issue: From Mentorship to Intellectual Partnership.

Vaughan, K., Dufour, E., & Hammond, C. (2016). The ‘art’ of the Right to the City: Interdisciplinary teaching and learning in Pointe-St-CharlesLearning Landscapes, 10(1), 387-418.

Vaughan, K. (2016). Dog dreams: A collage reflection of love, loss, poodles, art and academia. In A. Cole (Ed.), Professorial paws: Dogs in scholars’ lives and works (pp. 176-207). Big Tancook Island, NS: Backalong Books.

Visual art activities and exhibitions

Hammond, C., Thompson, K., & Vaughan, K. (2017). Giardino dell’Eden, an off-Biennal suite of art activities related to the Eden/Hundertwasser garden on La Giudecca, Venice. Project blog

Vaughan, K. (2015). Tissus urbains : Cartes textiles de promenades dans la nature urbaine. [Solo exhibition]. Installation of four textile maps, Lachine Canal, Angell Woods, Morgan Arboretum and Glendon Forest. Centre culturel Georges-Vanier, Montréal, QC, September 3-27, 2015.

Vaughan, K. (2015). Nel mezzo del cammin: Angell Woods, walking map of the contested suburban Montreal green space. [Juried group exhibition]. Fifth Riga International Textile and Fibre Art Triennial. The only Canadian artwork selected for this important international show. Museum of Decorative Art and Design, Riga, Latvia. April 23-June 10, 2015.

Conference presentations

Vaughan, K. (2017). The ‘Right to the City:’ interdisciplinary, place-based art education. Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the National Art Education Association. New York, NY, March 2-4, 2017.

Vaughan, K., Harake, E., Jalabi, A., Le Gallais, J., McCarville, B., & Tamporello, M. (2016). Re-imagining a peace intervention: Sensually/socially engaged art and learning in the Museum. Panel at the Conference of the International Visual Literacy Association. Montreal, QC, October, 2016.

Vaughan, K., Daines, M.J., Hunter, W., Legault, D., Moisan, G., & Thompson, K. (2016). Glorious matter, engaging the senses: A panel presentation by artist-researchers in “Textiles & Materiality.” Panel at the Conference of the International Visual Literacy Association. Montreal, QC, October 2016.

Vaughan, K., Dufour, E., Le Gallais, J., Hammond, C., Swintak, C., MacCormack, G., High, S., Little, E., & Craven, E. (2016). Teaching/learning/living post-industrial ecologies: Roundtable on Concordia’s ‘Right to the City’ Initiative. Collaborative roundtable at the Association for Critical Heritage Studies Conference. Montreal, QC, June 6, 2016.




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