Jump to main content

Kris Heintz-Nelson

Kris Heintz-Nelson

Art & Art Education Adjunct Faculty

School of Art and Design
College of Performing and Visual Arts

Contact Information

Phone
(970) 351-2993
Mailing Address
University of Northern Colorado
School of Art and Design
Campus Box
Greeley, CO 80639

Education

  • Master of Art, University of Northern Colorado, Art Education

Professional/Academic Experience

  • Assistant Professor, University of Northern Colorado 2008-2013
  • Associate Professor, University of Northern Colorado 2013-2020
  • Adjunct Instructor, Aims Community College 2020-Present
  • Adjunct Instructor, Colorado State University 2021-Present
  • Adjunct Instructor, University of Northern Colorado 2022-Present

Other Experience

  • Academic Advising 2008-2014
  • Foundations Coordinator 2008-2014

Research/Areas of Interest

Creation of equity and inclusion in the classroom by examining and deconstructing the colonization of curriculum. Emphasis on visual culture, and contemporary artistic practices as a vehicle to identify and interpret visual signs (semiotics) and ways of seeing (phenomenology) to facilitate meaningful learning in synchronous and asynchronous learning modalities.
Current creative emphasis focuses on questioning artistic intentionality, the creation of identity, and the assumption of social roles. 

Publications/Creative Works

Professional Presentation Record

Juried Presentation 2022 Association of American College and Universities (AACU)
2022 Pedagogy and Assessment Conference- Reimagine: How Equitable Visual Thinking Strategies Build Inquiry Skills, Feb 10-12 2022, San Diego CA,

Juried Presentation Aims Community College
2021 Co-Presenter with Meg Spencer, Unmasking the Silence: Learn about the Power of Visual Thinking Strategies to Deepen Critical inquiry by Engaging Students in their Lived Experiences, Aims Fall Faculty Conference, September 3, 2021, Remote Conference

Juried Presentations for National Art Education Association,
2021 Drawing on Privilege, NAEA, New York, NY, March 5, 2020- unable to deliver due to COVID 19
Drawing Upon Inquiry: Transforming Curriculum and Enriching Student Experience,NAEA, March 6, unable to deliver due to COVID-19
2019 How to Initiate a Program Level Assessment: Providing Evidence of Growth and Change, March 15, 201, Boston, MA
Drawing Boundaries: Locating an Understanding of Identity After Exploring Media, Marketing and Youth Culture, March 14, 2019, Boston, MA,
2017 Art Bikes, March 3, 2017, New York, New York
2016 Representation by Design: Mining the source, Caucus for Social Theory and Art Education (CSTAE), March 18, 2016, Chicago IL
Rube Goldberg, A Roundabout Way to Transform Stem into STEAM, March 18, 2016, Chicago, IL
2015 Representation by Design: Mining the Source, March 26-28 2015, New Orleans, LA
2014 Co-Presenter, Drawing as Drawing Upon: Word, Text, Ideation and Expression, March 29, 2014, San Diego, CA
2012 Co-Presenter, New Perspectives on Art Education from the Artists Featured at the 2011 Venice Biennale March 2012, New York, New York
2011 Feminist Art: Interweaving the Political, Personal and Social, March 17, 2011, Seattle, WA,
2010 Transforming and Challenging Assumptions: A Survey of Women artists, April 18, 2010, Baltimore MD
2009 A Contemporary Approach to Designing a Drawing Curriculum: Beyond Teaching Skill”, April 17, 2009, Minneapolis, MN,
Creative Spaces Integrated Workshop for Teens-Year Two, April 19, 2009, Minneapolis, MN
2008 Creative Spaces for Teens, March 28, 2008, New Orleans, LA,

Juried Presentations for Colorado Art Education Association
2021 Drawing Upon Inquiry: Transforming Curriculum and Enriching Student Experience, November 4, 2021, Breckenridge, CO
2021 Drama in your Classroom? Learn How Integration can Inspire Creativity, November 4, 2021, Breckenridge, CO
2019 Drawing is an Action Verb, November 8, 2019, Breckenridge, CO
Visual Research: Extending Student Ideas, November 7 and November 9, 2019, Breckenridge, CO
Installation Art, November 7, and November 9, 2019, Breckenridge, CO
2018 Drawing is an Action Verb, Breckenridge, CO November 10, 2018
Teaching Color: A Playful Approach, Breckenridge CO November 9, 2018
Exploring Time, Space and Motion in the 4th Dimension, Breckenridge Co, November 8, 2018
2017 Drawing Boundaries: Media, Marketing and Youth Identity, Nov 3 and Nov 4,
Assessment: What you need, but may not know-disseminating Assessment Mini-Grant, Nov 3, 2017, Breckenridge, CO
Found Object Assemblage, Nov 2, and Nov 4, 2017, Breckenridge, CO
2016 Beyond Formalism, November 3 and 4, 2016, Breckenridge, CO
Art Bikes, November 3 and 4, 2016, Breckenridge, CO
2015 Drawing on Privacy, Breckenridge, CO, Nov 14, 2015,
Rube Goldberg, a Roundabout way to Transform STEM into STEAM, Breckenridge, CO, Nov 13, 2015
2014 ARTcology: Designing Transformative Practices, Breckenridge, CO October 11, 2014
Representation by Design: Mining the Source, Breckenridge, CO, October, 11, 2014
Eco Art in your Curriculum, Breckenridge, CO, November, 7-10 2014,
Drawing as Drawing Upon: Word, Text, Ideation and Expression, Breckenridge, CO, Nov 7-10 2014
2012 Revealing Paradigms, An Investigation into Women Artist, Breckenridge, CO, October 27, 2012
Drawing as Drawing Upon, Colorado Art Education Association, October 27, 2012
2011 Co-Presenter Multi-Sensory Classroom Ideas from the 54th Venice Biennale, Breckenridge, CO, October 14,
Research, Experiment, Transform, Constructing a Contemporary Drawing Curriculum, Breckenridge, CO, October 15, 2011
Co-Presenter, UNC a Snapshot, Breckenridge, CO, October 13, 2011
2010 Co-Presenter “Unlikely Combinations: Creative Possibilities with Ceramic Surface Design, Breckenridge, CO, October 16, 2010
UNC Bringing Education to Life, Breckenridge, CO, Oct 15, 2010
2009 Improvisational Drawing Workshop, Breckenridge, CO, October 10, 2009
Inspired by Play: A Survey of Women Artists 1909-2009”, Breckenridge, CO, October 10, 2009
UNC Higher Education Panelist, Perceptions and Misperceptions of the Value of an Arts Education, Breckenridge CO, October 9, 2009
What Every High School Teacher Needs to Know about UNC’s Entrance Portfolio, October 8, 2009
2008 A Contemporary Approach to Designing a Drawing Curriculum: Beyond Teaching Skill Breckenridge, CO, October 24, 2008
Creative Spaces Integrated Workshop for Teens- Year Two, Breckenridge, CO, October 23, 2008
2007 Keynote Presenter, Unresolved: Postmodern Creativity, Pueblo, CO, October 5, 2007
Creative Spaces for Teens, Pueblo CO, October 5, 2007

Presentations for National Honors Society
2019 Drawing is an Action Verb, October 4, 2019, Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, CO
2017 Drawing on Self, Nov 11, 2017, Denver, CO
Author and Presenter
2018 Assessment Fair: Arts Assessment for First-Year Foundation Students, Columbine Suite UNC University Center, March 28, 2018
2016 Art Source 2016, June 20, Women Artists and Story, Allenspark, CO
2013 Tea with Kathe Kollwitz, Lydia Ruyle Room of Women’s Art, UNC, September, 12, 2013
Balancing politics while embracing your creativity in your new TA role, UNC Graduate School, McKee Hall, August 21, 2013
2012 Professional Development for Weld County District 6, Altered Books and Contemporary Practices, Sept 21
Co-Presenter Round-Table, Illuminations, Artists from the 54th Venice Biennale PVA All College Advance, Greeley, Co, Jan 6, 2012
2010 Beyond Aesthetics: The Importance of Women Artists”, UNC Mariani Gallery, October 21, 2010
Feminist Art: Interweaving the Political, Personal and Social, Breckenridge, CO, October 14, and Oct 16, 2010
2008 Using Comics and Graphic Novels for Art and Literacy Integration, Rocky Mountain Children’s Literature Conference, Greeley CO, October 4, 2008
2007 Exemplary Blackboard Course Design,” University of Northern Colorado, October 4, 2007

Publications:
Juried: Articles Kris Heintz Nelson, “Creative Spaces Integrated Workshop”, Collage: A Magazine for Colorado’s Art Educators, Spring 2008, Pages 6-12.

Kris Heintz Nelson, Representation by Design, Mining the Source, NAEA, CSTAE, online publication, Caucus for Social Theory and Art Education, https://naea.digication.com/cstae/LESSON_Representation_by_Design_Mining_the_Source , Spring 2016

Honors and Awards

Colorado Art Education Association 2021 Higher Education Art Educator of the Year