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NMAEA Leadership Team Feature: Phyllis Kennedy (Retired Division Representative)

Excited to resume featuring some of the wonderful people who serve on our leadership team– Today's post features Phyllis Kennedy the New Mexico Art Education Association's Retired Division Representative.

Phyllis’ career in the arts and education started in second grade when she discovered overlapping all by herself. What a mind-blowing visual concept. She continued her studies at Kingswood Cranbrook (HS), RIT printmaking (BFA), and NYU photography (MA). In the early 00’s she served as executive director of the New Mexico Alliance for Arts Education during the time advocates were mobilizing to pass the 2003 Fine Arts Education Act. Inspired by the many arts educators and administrators involved in the targeted legislative advocacy campaign, she obtained a New Mexico elementary teaching license with Visual Art endorsement.

Phyllis taught for five years. She then proceeded to work for the state arts agency, New Mexico Arts - first as a contract researcher and writer, then on staff as a program coordinator and arts education manager for seven years. Since retiring from New Mexico Arts in June 2021, she has returned full circle to her arts practice. Her photographs can be found in the New Mexico Museum of Art, the Albuquerque Sunport (photograph relocated to City Hall after 9/11 renovations), and the City of Albuquerque Public Art collection.