Teacher info – Iceland Academy of the Arts

Ásthildur Jónsdóttir
assistant professor at the Iceland Academy of the Arts. She has a M.Ed degree in art Education from the University of Iceland, school of education and a MA degree from New York University, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development with a special focus on contemporary art and its social context, the programs position the artist-teacher as cultural producer, intellectual, and activist able to work in schools, museums, community-based programs, alternative educational sites, and in the public realm. She is currently working on her joint PhD degree from the University of Lapland and the University of Iceland, looking at the potential of art in education for sustainability. Her research interests include arts and cultural movements that support sustainable development and Education for Sustainability at all levels, within both formal and informal contexts. She has developed curricula and taught in public and private schools in both lower and upper secondary level and collages, in community centers, with people of all ages and backgrounds both in Iceland, Geneva and New York.

Gunndís Ýr Finnbogadóttir
adjunct has a MFA degree from the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam, The Netherlands and a M.Art.Ed degree from the Iceland Academy of the Arts. She is a former general manager at the Living Art museum in Reykjavík and has exhibited in various platforms in Iceland and in Europe. Her research interests concern lived spaces, hospitality, acts and rituals of recollection and female identity through authorship and collaboration, questioning individuality and the unique. In her artistic practice she explores these subjects through personal approach to history, traditions and expectations/failure and explores situations that (her) society shares. Although working in various media, for the past five years she has mainly been working with performance and text based works. She is currently a lecturer at the Arts Educational department at the Iceland Academy of the Arts where she teaches a critical reading course, practice based artistic research courses and tutors final projects, all on master level.

Guðbjörg R. Jóhannesdóttir
lecturer finished an M.A. degree in values and the environment at the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy at Lancaster University, UK in 2006. For the last years she has been working on her PhD thesis „Icelandic Landscapes: Beauty and the Aesthetic in Environmental Decision-Making“ which will be defended by the end of the year 2014. Guðbjörg has been a part-time lecturer in a course on environmental ethics at the University of Iceland since 2006, and she has taught a course on aesthetics and perception at the Reykjavik School of Visual Arts since 2007. Since 2013 she has taught a research training course at the Iceland Academy of Arts department of Art Education. In 2014-15 Guðbjörg is also teaching a course on the philosophy of education at the IAA department of Art Education and courses on aesthetics and perception at the IAA department of design and architecture and at the department of Art Education. Guðbjörg has also been a guest lecturer on the topics of her PhD in several other courses at different institutions, and held public lectures as well as taken part in Icelandic and international conferences. Her main research interests are environmental ethics and aesthetics, phenomenology, landscape studies, philosophy of education, artistic knowledge production, and feminist philosophy.

Ellen Gunnarsdóttir
part time lecturer received her BA from Smith College, Massachusetts and a Phd in history from Cambridge University. She has taught at the University of Iceland, the University of Reykjavik and the Iceland Academy of the Arts. She is a freelance writer and translator and has authored academic publications, book reviews and co-authored a children´s book on sustainability, the first in a series published by Disney. Her book on women and religion in Latin America, ´Mexican Karismata: The Baroque Vocation of Francisca de los Angeles´ was published by the University of Nebraska Press in 2005. She has lived with her family in Mexico City, New York, Cambridge and Boston and is currently living in Reykjavik. Her teaching experience includes courses in Spanish on Latin American history and culture at the University of Iceland as well as Spanish language courses at the University of Iceland and the University of Reykjavik. She has also taught courses on world religions and is currently teaching a course on academic writing at the Iceland Academy of the Arts as well as supervising MA dissertations at the Department of Art Education at the IAA.

Riina Finnsdóttir
is an art historian in the library at the Iceland Academy of the Arts in the department of fine arts and art education. She has a BA degree in art history from the University of Jyväskylä in Finland with a special focus on cultural anthropological research on sami art. She has also studied audiovisual production in the University of Tampere and taken part in various projects in television production. She is currently working on her MA studies in library and information science in the University of Iceland. Her research interests concern artists’ books and changing role of libraries in the digital age. She has been working on developing a new model for art library as a meeting place with art exhibitions, live art performances and lectures inside the library where also the library guest takes part in building the collection. She is also interested in developing connections between Scandinavian art libraries and co-operation in collecting and sharing databases in the field of art education, fine arts and design.

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