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Sohee Koo

Assistant Professor and Art Education Program Coordinator

soheekoo@umass.edu

Studio Arts Building 221

Sohee Koo is an artist and educator whose research is primarily concerned with the ways in which learning through the arts (in K-12 & higher education, online and face-to-face) can be designed to support young people’s transformative learning experiences regarding their identities as learners and creatives, their approaches to artmaking, and their understanding of the arts.

Many of Koo’s research and teaching activities focus on broadening learner’s perspectives and various ways of knowing as well as fostering learner autonomy via inquiry-based and constructivist approaches including personalizing, reflecting, critical and divergent thinking. Koo has chaired and presented her research at numerous conferences including the National Art Education Association (NAEA), College Art Association (CAA), Foundations in Art: Theories and Education (FATE), Society for the History of Technology (SHOT), and Korean Society for Education through Art (KoSEA).

As an artist, she has presented her work at numerous platforms including the Korean Cultural Council Gallery, AHL Foundation, Interstate Projects, DIFFA at Pier 94, Visual Arts Gallery, the Macy Art Gallery, and Sung Harbor Gallery. Koo holds an M.F.A. in Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts and a doctorate (Ed.D.) in Art & Art Education from Teachers College Columbia University.

Before joining UMass, Koo has lectured at multiple educational settings including MoMA, City College of New York (CUNY), Teachers College Columbia University, Massachusetts College of Art & Design (MassArt), Pratt Institutes, and School of Visual Arts. She is a co-founding member of Thingspace (makerspace art studio) at TC.

Research Areas

Transformative Learning & Critical Pedagogy in Visual Arts, STEAM, Arts Integration, Creative Constraints, College Art Teaching & Learning

Publications

  • Koo, S. & Garner, R. (2019). Hands and digital making for all: Where creative learning happens. In Garner, R.L. (Ed.), Exploring Digital Technologies for Art-Based Special Education: Models and Methods for the Inclusive K-12 Classroom. Routledge/Taylor & Francis publisher.
  • Koo, S. (2018). Manual transformation: Exploring adult transformative learning through hands-on artmaking. Marilyn Zurmuehlen Working Papers in Art Education, Vol. 2018 (4).
  • Hafeli, M. & Koo, S. (2017). Chasing ephemerality: Notes on doctoral mentoring and artistic collaboration. In Co-authoring and Dialogic Production through Co-construction of Research: Special Issue of Visual Inquiry: Learning and Teaching Art, 5(3).
  • Koo, S. (2016). Breathing within the history (1900-2016): The ever-evolving “making” in the art studio at Teachers College. Visual Inquiry: Learning & Teaching Art, 5(2).

Courses Recently Taught

ART 310/510 - Visual Arts & Human Development

ART 792 - Graduate Seminar in Art Education