James Rees

Artist, Researcher, & Teacher
Provo School District

A widely-known champion of the arts, I am a passionate advocate for art education that balances theory, research, and practice. With more than 29 years of teaching experience, James currently teaches full-time at Provo High School, but he has also taught undergraduate and graduate courses in art and art education at Brigham Young University, Utah Valley University, and Westminster College.

I currently serve as commissioner at large for the National Art Education Research Commission and I've been told that I completely define what it means to be an innovative teacher, practicing artist, and advocate for arts education. Served on the National Art Education Association Board of Directors twice, as a Vice President and as the Secondary Division Director. He is a Fulbright Memorial Scholar, a Teachers Institute of Contemporary Art Fellow, and an Art21 Fellow. Recently awarded the National Art Education Association's top honor as the Art Educator of the Year 2021.

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