Kelly M. Gross, PhD, is a faculty member of the MA program at VCFA and Assistant Professor of Art Education at Illinois State University.

Her research interests include art and design education, disability issues, social justice, STEAM education, and art and cognition. She is a former special education and art education certified teacher who has taught in New Orleans, New York City, and Chicago. Kelly has published on disability issues in art and design education through the International Encyclopedia of Art Education (2019), Synnyt / Origins, Finnish Studies in Art Education (2018), Learn × Design conference (2015), and the National Art Education Association’s Advisory (Summer 2014). Kelly is co-founder of the Rubber Band Project, which brings STEAM education to the Chicago suburbs:


PhD - Art Education | Northern Illinois University

MA - Art Education | NYU

BFA - Industrial Design | Carnegie Mellon

William Estrada

Visiting Artist, Art & Design Education

Christina Hanawalt

Faculty, Art & Design Education

Kelly Gross

Faculty, Art & Design Education

Kimberly Sheridan

Faculty, Art & Design Education

Elizabeth Patton

Faculty, Art & Design Education

Brooke Anne Hofsess

Visiting Faculty, Art & Design Education