Dr. Kit Grauer, BEd ’74, MA ’78

Award-winning academic at the forefront of Canadian art education, Kit Grauer is a prolific researcher and educator in the areas of new media, art and museum education.

Grauer’s academic path began at the University of British Columbia, where she received her Bachelor of Education in 1974 and Master of Education in 1978. She retired from UBC in 2013 and is currently Professor Emerita of Art Education. Grauer remains involved in art education organizations at local, national, and international levels with the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. She currently serves as Principal Investigator on research into community-based new media education.

Her unrelenting passion for arts-based research has driven her contributions in art curriculum and instruction, and international issues in art, instructor and museum education. Among her many professional engagements over the last ten years, she has developed and instructed summer teacher institutes for the Vancouver Art Gallery and UBC Museum of Anthropology.

Grauer has left a lasting impact in her field and has been recognized with many awards. She won multiple educator of the year awards from the BC Art Teachers’ Association, Canadian Society for Education through Art, National Art Education Association, and United States Society for Education through Art; she been awarded the UBC Killam Teaching Excellence Award and Sam Black Award for Education and Development in the Arts; and her research has been recognized with the George Cedric Metcalf Foundation Award for Excellence in Research. Most recently, she has been made an honorary lifetime member of the Canadian Society for Education through Art, alongside honorary lifetime membership to the International Society for Education through Art.