Teacher Programs: Faculty
Art History Consultant Faculty
Marsha Russell has been teaching AP* Art History and sophomore Humanities at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Austin, Texas, for the past thirteen years, following ten years at Austin’s A. S. Johnston High School. She founded the AP* Art History program at both schools and was the first to teach the course in the Austin metropolitan area. She has served as a College Board consultant, conducting teacher training events across the nation since 2002, and she has been an AP* Art History examination Reader, Table Leader, and/or Question Leader since 2003. In 2009, she was one of four high school faculty representatives to the College Board colloquium for college art history professors, and her address to the group, “AP Art History: The Keystone of the High School Curriculum,” is published on the College Board course webpage. She has served as a consultant for Prentice-Hall, the Florida Virtual School, AP Strategies, and ArtStor, and she wrote a Course Planning and Pacing Guide for the AP* Art History course that will be launched in 2015. She has been named Tracor Teacher-Scholar and received grants from The Texas Council on the Humanities and the Austin Area Junior League to integrate art history into the world history curriculum. Russell received her degrees from Southwestern University and the University of Texas at Austin.
Studio Art Consultant Faculty
M. Colleen Harrigan
M. Colleen Harrigan is an artist and teacher at Clarkstown South High School in West Nyack, New York. Harrigan is also the Co–Chair of the College Board AP Studio Art Development Committee, a College Board Consultant, and one of the authors of the College Board "Vertical Team Guide in Studio Art".
Harrigan earned a BFA in Studio Art from Saint Mary’s College and an MA in Art Education from New York University, studying in Rome and Venice respectively. She has received fellowships to study at the Centro Internanionale di Studi per L’Insegnamento del Mosaico in Ravenna, Italy and the International Workshop of Ceramic Arts in Tokoname, Japan. Her work is shown primarily in New York and Massachusetts, and most recently at Featherstone Center for the Arts on Martha’s Vineyard.
Michael x. Ryan
Michael x. Ryan is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Arts Administration and Policy and Contemporary Practices at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). He is Chair of the AP Studio Art Development Committee, an AP Studio Art Portfolio Review Exam Leader, and has been involved with the Advanced Placement Studio Art Program for nine years. His creative practice in centered on drawing, mapping, and wood relief forms which have been exhibited widely in the United States and acquired by a number of collections including the Art Institute of Chicago, the MacArthur Foundation in Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago (artists' book collection), American Medical Association, JP Morgan Chase, and the Everson Museum in Syracuse, NY.
Born in Colombia and educated in the United States, Raúl Acero is a sculptor and ceramic artist who has been teaching in universities for many years. He is currently the Chair of the Art Department at the University of Redlands in Southern California and has taught at Parsons School of Design and the Sage Colleges. His artwork is in many private collections and permanent collections. It can be found at the Studio Museum in Harlem and the Asheville Museum of Art, among others. He has an MFA from Ohio University and has great experience with AP. He is a former Chief Reader for the AP Studio Art Program, is currently a Question Leader for the studio art reading, and has served as a Development Committee member, Exam Leader, and Table leader. He is the author of Making Ceramic Sculpture.
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