Graduate Studies in Art & Design Education

Kelly Gross, PhD / Faculty

Kelly Gross

Kelly M. Gross is a lecturer in the department of Art Education at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a doctoral candidate at Northern Illinois University. Kelly is currently focused on her dissertation research which is examining the impact of visual arts education of high school students with emotional disabilities.

Kelly is a former special education teacher and K-8 art teacher who has taught in New Orleans, New York City, and Chicago. Her research interests include art and design education, disability studies, social justice, postmodernism, and art and cognition. Kelly has published on disability issues in art and design education through the LearnxDesign (2015) Conference and the National Art Education Association’s Advisory (Summer 2014). Kelly holds an M.A. in art education from New York University and a B.F.A in Industrial Design from Carnegie Mellon University.

In 2015, Kelly and her husband, Steve Gross, founded the Rubber Band Project which is focused on bringing design-based project learning to the elementary level. Kelly lives in Wheaton, Illinois with her husband and two daughters.