Amanda Batson

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Amanda Batson, Austin :: was honored as the 2010 Outstanding Student of Art Education by the Texas Art Education Association. She earned her B.F.A. in visual art studies from UNT and is an M.F.A. student in art education-museum studies at the University of Texas. She also is the National Art Education Association Student Chapter president, which allows her to mentor university student chapters throughout the nation. For her graduate research, supported by the John Anson Kittredge Foundation, she went to Uganda to create art workshops for children and established an international mural exchange between students in Africa and Texas. She evaluated the effects of the mural exchange in the lives of the participants to determine if art can communicate ideas to two different communities. She created the program with UNT art faculty member Lesli Robertson (’06 M.F.A.) and alumna Rebecca Schaefer (’09).