Kelly Gross

Title: Instructor
Department: Art and Design Education
Office Location: Art Building, Room 203D
Office Phone: 815-753-1474

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Art Education, Northern Illinois University, 2017
  • M.A., Art Education, New York University, 2006
  • B.F.A., Industrial Design with a minor in Architecture, Carnegie Mellon University, 2002
  • The New Teacher Project: Certification for Special Education, 2003

Courses Taught

  • ARTE 343 Art and Technology in K-12 Classrooms
  • ARTE 488/588 Student Teaching in Art Education
  • ARTE 783 Doctoral Seminar in Art Education
  • ARTE 479/679 Art for Populations with Special Needs

Current Research

  • Disability Issues in Art Education
  • Media Literacy and Technology in Art Classrooms
  • Project-Based Learning and Art Education

Selected Publications


  • Gross, K (2019). Inclusive approaches to art education. In R. Hickman (Ed.). The International Encyclopedia of Art Education. Wiley Blackwell.


  • Gross, K. (2020). Social interaction development in inclusive art rooms. International Journal of Education through Art. 16(1), 129-142.
  • Gross, K. (2020). Visual arts content literacy: A partnership between art educators and special educators. Teaching Exceptional Children. Retrieved from:
  • Gross, K. (2018). Representation, re-presentation, and representin’ through Graphic Novels. Synnyt/Origins, Finnish Studies in Art Education. 2(2018), 25-40. Retrieved from:
  • Gross, K. & Gross, S. (2016). Transformation: Constructivism, design thinking, and elementary STEAM. Art Education: The Journal of the National Art Education Association. 69(6), 36-43.

Professional Affiliations/Leadership Roles

  • Instructional Designer and Teacher for Rubber Band Project, Leads bi-monthly classes on STEAM in public elementary school, Leads in-service training and volunteers for STEAM events 
  • Secretary for Special Interest Group, Caucus of Social Theory in Art Education
  • Executive Committee Board Member International Conference on Disability, Arts, and Education
  • Delegate Representative at the National Art Education Association’s Annual Conference for the Special Interest Group, Disability Studies in Arts Education