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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Gina Wenger

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Gina Mumma Wenger Biography
Department of Arts and Humanities, Douglas Moore Lecturer, Minnesota State University, Mankato

gWengerDr. Gina Mumma Wenger holds her B.S., M.A., and Ph.D. in Art Education, and is entering her eleventh year as Professor of Art and Art Education at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Gina is a recipient of the Douglas R. Moore Faculty Research Award for her work investigating the aesthetic stances of three photographers who documented life at Manzanar (a Japanese American internment camp in Owens Valley, California). Gina wrote a curriculum based on the photographs that helped high school students determine each photographer’s work (Dorothea Lange, Ansel Adams and Toyo Miyatake), based solely upon their biographical backgrounds. Gina is also the recipient of an award from the National Endowment of the Arts for assessment trainers in Indiana.

Gina bases her teaching around the individual experiences and contextual knowledge brought to her classes by her students, and her research focuses on contemporary issues in curriculum and pedagogy in Art Education with an emphasis on feminist pedagogy and critical theory.

“I love studying artistic process, both technical and theoretical, and bringing these into my works. I tell my own story through a historical lens..”

Dr. Wenger’s extensive and varied research and lecturing topics include New South Wales (Australia) and North American art education, No Child Left Behind assessment strategies, Pre-Columbian Civilization, and Batik Techniques. Gina has been a guest instructor at DreamsWork (an art program for adults with developmental and physical delays and limitations) and Hirshhorn Explorers (an early childhood summer art experience at the Smithsonian Institute).

Work in Progress: Gina’s current research focuses on the teaching of documentary photographers and the role of arts in the lives of the 120,000 interned Japanese Americans during WWII.

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Honors and Awards:

Douglas R. Moore Faculty Research Lecture Award
National Art Education Foundation Research Grant
Art Educator of the Year Minnesota Higher Education
Presidential Teaching Scholar Fellowship
Faculty Research Grant, Minnesota State University
Faculty Improvement Grant, Minnesota State University
Clyde M. McGeary Award for Art Education
National Endowment for the Arts Grant for Assessment in Art Education
Fulbright Teacher Exchange
Newcomer-Mertz Scholarship in Art Education
Hartsough-Phillips Scholarship in Peace Studies

Professional Organizations

  • Art Education Minnesota (AEM)
  • Curriculum and Pedagogy in Arts Based Research
  • National Art Education Association (NAEA)
  • Women’s Caucus for the National Art Education Association
  • Caucus on Social Theory and Art Education (CSTAE)
  • International Art Education Association (INSEA)
  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)


  • Wenger, G. (2002). The Visual Process Diary of New South Wales, Australia. Research at Penn State, Winter 2001.
  • Wenger, G. L. (2003). Angel DeCora: Native American Art Educator, 1871-1919. In K.Grauer, R. Irwin, & E. Zimmerman (Eds.), Women Art Educators V. Reston, VA: National Art Education Association.
  • Wenger, G. (2006). David Hockney Photo Collage. School Arts 106 (3). Denton, TX: Davis Publications.
  • Wenger, G. (2007). Documentary Photography: Three Photographers’ Standpoints on the Japanese-American Internment Journal of the National Art Education Association 60 (5) 33-38. Reston, VA: National Art Education Association.
  • Wenger, G. (2007). Examining Gender Roles: That nagging feeling that I am not a ‘true artist.’ Journal of Visual Culture and Gender.
    Kiefer-Boyd, K. et al. (2008). Vote 2008: What Should an Art Educator Do? Journal of Art Education, July 2008. Reston, VA: National Art Education Association.
  • Wenger, G. (October, 2012). History Matters: Children’s Art Education within the Japanese American Internment Camps. Studies in Art Education. Reston, VA: National Art Education Association.