Clark Fralick Receives Edward Maxedon Award for Excellence, Creativity, and Innovation in Art Education

The Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art is pleased to announce that Clark Fralick, the art teacher at Sugar Creek Elementary School in New Palestine, has received the first Edward Maxedon Award for Excellence, Creativity, and Innovation in Art Education.

Fralick will serve as a guest educator during the museum’s reopening year, engaging in a variety of educational initiatives, such as leading a workshop, facilitating a gallery talk, or developing a digital resource.

Fralick is a veteran elementary art teacher of 25 years. He earned his art education certificate from the Herron School of Art and received his bachelor of arts in photography from Purdue University.  He is an advocate for the Teaching for Artistic Behavior (TAB) approach, which underscores the Blocks Paper Scissors Art Camp he teaches. Fralick has presented on TAB at the state and national levels, and currently produces the Blocks, Paper, Scissors podcast. He is teaching this summer at the Teaching for Artistic Behavior Institute at MassArt Boston.

About the Award

In honor of Edward Maxedon’s three decades of service to the field of education, each year the Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University seeks to recognize one individual who exemplifies Mr. Maxedon’s belief in the value of talking about works of art. Specifically, the award acknowledges an educator whose pedagogical practice: 1) inspires students to identify and articulate what they see in an artwork in their own words; 2) ensures that each individual is heard, valued, and validated for their contributions to discussions about art; and 3) fosters excellence, creativity, and innovation.

About the IU Eskenazi Museum of Art

Since its establishment in 1941, the Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art has grown from a small university teaching collection into one of the most significant university art collections in the United States. A preeminent teaching museum on the Indiana University campus, its internationally acclaimed collection, ranging from ancient gold jewelry and African and Oceanic works to paintings by modern masters such as Pablo Picasso and Jackson Pollock, includes more than 45,000 objects representing nearly every art-producing culture throughout history.

The Eskenazi Museum of Art just completed a $30 million renovation of its acclaimed I. M. Pei–designed building. When it reopens on November 7, 2019, the newly renovated museum will be an enhanced teaching resource for Indiana University and southern Indiana. The museum is dedicated to engaging students, faculty, artists, scholars, alumni, and the wider public through the cultivation of new ideas and scholarship.

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