Assistant Dean for Arts Education
Raymond Veon is currently the Assistant Dean for Arts Education in the Caine College of the Arts at Utah State University, and is also the Founding Director for the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Access Program serving students with special needs through the arts. In addition to his administrative duties, Professor Veon also teaches in the undergraduate art education program.
He was formerly the Director of Fine and Performing Arts in the Atlanta Public Schools (APS) in Atlanta, GA; Education Coordinator for Visual Art, Dance and Theatre for APS; and a part-time instructor at Georgia State University, where he taught graduate-level drawing and painting and undergraduate art theory for the department of art education. He also spent 15 years as a visual art teacher in Atlanta. While in Georgia, he took a highly active role in writing the new Georgia Performance Standards in the Visual Arts and, as a Georgia Education Policy Fellow (2009-2010), he studied the long-term educational challenges faced by states and advocated for arts education.
His work in arts education includes leading the creation and implementation of new arts curricula, rigorous arts assessments, innovative and inclusive K-12 arts programs serving students of diverse backgrounds and abilities, the development of the Creativity Infusion Curriculum, and development of large scale professional development programs.
He has received numerous awards for his art and for teaching, and has received numerous grants from organizations such as VSA Arts, The McCarthey-Dressman Education Foundation, and two major U.S. Department of Education grants for reforming art and music instruction in the Atlanta Public Schools.
His scholarly interests include authentic assessment in the arts and creativity; he has presented his findings in these areas at regional, national, and international conferences, including those sponsored by the National Art Education Association, The International Society for Education through Art, the Arts Education Partnership, and the US Department of Education. He has designed and implemented numerous professional learning events, including regional conferences, and has served on the education advisory committees of several arts organizations, including the High Museum of Art in Atlanta.
His undergraduate studies occurred at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, where he majored in Art Education and Philosophy. After receiving a National Fellowship in Art Education and completing his MFA in Painting at the Maryland Institute, College of Art, he had several one person shows, with his artwork appearing in New American Paintings. In addition to his work as a painter, he has developed a body of site-specific and conceptual artwork in Europe through the Burren College of Art in Ireland.