Cala Coats

Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts
School of Art
900 S. Forest Mall
Tempe
Asst Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
1505
Asst Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
1505
Asst Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
1505

Biography

Dr. Cala Coats is an Assistant Professor of Art Education in the School of Art. Her research focuses on intersections of ethics and aesthetics with an emphasis on public pedagogy, nomadic inquiry, and socially engaged art. Dr. Coats has published in a range of books and journals including "Makers, Crafters, Educators: Working for Cultural Change" (Routledge) and "Bridging Communities Through Socially Engaged Art "(Routledge). She recently organized the symposium, Imaginative Futures: Arts-Based Resarch as Boundary Event, and a week-long curriculum and studio workshop for regional art educators at ASU.  

Education

  • Ph.D. Art Education, University of North Texas 2014
  • M.A. Modern Art HIstory, Theory and Criticism, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago 2006
  • B.A. Art History, University of Texas-Austin 1999

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Publications

Coats, C. (2020). Invited Commentary: Embrace art education's indiscernibility. Art Education: The Journal of the National Art Education Association. (in press; will appear in Special Issue on The Future of Art Curriculum)

Coats, C. (2019). Rethinking value: Creative micro-economies and self-organized cultural activity. Art Education: The Journal of the National Art Education Association, 72(5), 40-46.

Coats, C. & Shields, A. (2019). Inviting the waste of studio practice: Cala Coats and Alison Shields in conversation. Visual Arts Research, 45(1), 103-109. Invited contribution to Special Issue: Women art educators in higher education: Conversations on studio practices.Coats, C. (2019). Book Review Crits: A Student Manual. FATE in Review Journal. (accepted, in press)

Coats, C. (2019). Transversalizing aesthetic practices: Engaging the vital force of community art work. Sabbaghi, V. & Wexler, A. (Eds.). Bridging communities through socially engaged arts, (pp. 137-143). Routledge, New York, NY. 

Coats, C. & Justice, S. (Eds.) (2018). Special Issue: ‘Disrupting the everyday: Encountering awareness and new curiosities.” Trends: The Journal of the Texas Art Education Association

Coats, C. (2018). The walls tell the story: Making as collective force in the evolution of an earth home Community. E. Garber, L. Hochtritt, & M. Sharma (Eds.). Makers, crafters, educators: Working for cultural change, (pp. 43-46). Routledge, New York, NY. (Invited contribution)

Coats, C. (2017). Feeling the sting of being a tattooed mother in the public eye. In (S. Travis, A. Kraehe, E. Hood, T. Lewis, Eds.) Pedagogies in the flesh: Case studies on the embodiment of sociocultural differences in education(pp. 61-64). New York, NY: Palgrave. 

Coats, C. & Clyne, D. (2017). Welcome swarms: Opening up to art education’s force in a democratic global society. Art Education: The Journal of the National Art Education Association70(1), 44-49. DOI: 10.1080/00043125.2017.1247572

Coats, C. (2016). Artist-cum-Farmer: The collective aestheticization of farming as civic engagement. In (R. Shin, Ed.) Convergence of contemporary art, visual culture, and global civic engagement. New York, NY: IGI Global. Doi:10.4018/978-1-5225-1665-1.ch011Coats, C. (2015). Materializing transversal potential: An ecosophical analysis of the dissensual aestheticization of a decommissioned missile base. The Journal of Cultural Research in Art Education, 32, 127-160.

Coats, C. (2014). Thinking through the photographic encounter: Engaging with the camera as nomadic weapon.International Journal of Education and the Arts, 15(9), 1-23.

Coats, C. (2014, Summer). Tracing suburban desire. Visual Arts Research, 40(1), 17-18.

Coats, C. (2012). Act locally: Considering possibilities with local art collectives. Trends: The Journal of the Texas Art Education Association, 2012, 48-49.

Research Activity

Coats, C. & Tinapple, D. (2020). Assembling global rhythms: sites of collective digital engagement. Protocol submission to Studio D: Experimentation with digital education beyond outcomes-based learning (T. E. Lewis & P. B. Hyland, Co-Investigators). American Educational Research Association. (in progress)

Coats, C. (2019). Curating the Collective Critique. Wicked art assignments. M. Bremmer & E. Heijnen (Research Group Arts Education) (Eds.). Amsterdam, Netherlands: Valiz. (under review)

Coats, C. (2019). Principal Organizer & Panelist. Imaginative Futures: Arts-Based Research as Boundary Event. 2-day symposium with international group of artists, scholars, and educators. November, 8-9, 2019, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. 

Coats, C. (2019). Coordinator & Workshop Leader. AS Educators’ Summer Art Studio & Curriculum Development Workshop. Week-long studio and curriculum workshop with Regional Art Educators. 

 

Courses

Spring 2019
Course Number Course Title
ARE 301 Studio Art & Human Development
ARE 494 Special Topics
ARE 496 Methods/Assess/Learning in Art
ARE 499 Individualized Instruction
ART 499 Individualized Instruction
ARE 598 Special Topics
Fall 2018
Course Number Course Title
ARE 301 Studio Art & Human Development
ARE 525 Research on Art Instruction