Justin Makemson

Assistant Professor, Art Education

Makemson moved to UNM in 2017 from Belmont University (Nashville, TN) where he was the art education program coordinator and an associate professor of art.  Prior to his tenure in higher education, Makemson taught 15 years in community art programs and the public schools of Missouri and Indiana.  Community partnerships remain a central focus of Makemson’s work; he serves on numerous community leadership, education, and advisory councils.

Makemson received his PhD in Curriculum and Instruction Art Education from Indiana University in 2014.  His research interests include student-artist identities, place-based technologies, material studies, and neuroaesthetics.  Makemson’s recent publications examine symbolic visual comparisons, creative influence, and the virtual augmentation of public art spaces; these chapters/articles present theoretical foundations but also provided readers with specific examples of research methodologies and instructional designs. Makemson regularly presents papers and collaborates in panel discussions at state, national, and international-level conferences connected to art education, museum education, and the digital humanities. Examples of this research can found here

Makemson was recognized as TAEA Middle Region Art Educator of the Year in 2016 and TAEA Student Chapter Sponsor of the Year in 2015, while students from his art education program have been recognized as TAEA Pre-Service Teacher of the Year in 2015, 2016, and 2017.

In terms of creative experience, Makemson trained in printmaking and oil painting as an undergraduate but through teaching discovered a passion for numerous other creative outlets, specifically ceramics, sculpture, stained glass, and graphic design– Branding, toy design, and game design dominate Justin’s recent creative initiatives.  Examples of this creative work can found here and here.