Graduate Studies in Art & Design Education

Kim Cosier / Faculty Co-Chair

Kim Cosier

Kim Cosier is a Professor of Art Education and Associate Dean of the Peck School of the Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She believes in the power of art to create change in community and sees works of the imagination as central to building a better world.

Her research interests focus on the use of art and education for social justice, particularly related to intersecting cultural and social factors including gender, race, sexuality, and class. She worked with a small team of editors from Rethinking Schools to publish the book Rethinking  Sexism, Gender, and Sexuality. The book won an award from Skipping Stones, an international multicultural literary magazine and has garnered praise from parents and teachers alike.

Other publications include Transforming City Schools Through Art: Approaches to Meaninful K-12 Learning, published by Teachers College Press. Recent journal articles include “This is What Democracy Looks Like: The Artists of the Wisconsin Uprising “in the Journal of Social Theory in Art Education, and “Girl Stories: On Narrative Constructions of Identity” in Visual Arts Research. Cosier is a member of Educator’s Network for Social Justice and enjoys working with other activist teachers.

She is founder of the Milwaukee Visionaries Project (MVP), an award winning afterschool program for middle and high school students that teaches media literacy through production of video and animation. Kim lives in Milwaukee with her wife, Josie, and their dogs, Roger and Evie Mae.