Sandra Bird

Professor | Art Education
PhD, Florida State University
MFA, Indiana University
BA, Rollins College

Biographical Information
Sandra is the senior art educator within the KSU School of Art and Design. She obtained a B.A. in Theatre Arts at Rollins College and then a M.F.A. specifically in Theatrical Costume Design at Indiana University. Later she focused on the visual arts through her Ph.D. studies at Florida State University. Her areas of specialization include cross-cultural aesthetics (with emphasis on the Middle East and Africa), Islamic art history, and intercultural curriculum for university service learning projects within public schools. Her own production interests include drawing and mixed media painting, photography, costume design, installation projects and performance art. She has authored several successful grants, adjudicated state art contests, contributed to books, and has published articles in professional journals. Her first book is complete, Wisdom at the Crossroads, chronicling a service learning curricular project on Turkey, facilitated in a local elementary school in the fall of 2005. She is currently working on another book focused on the arts of the Osun River in Nigeria, in conjunction with African art historian, Dr. Jessica Stephenson. Sandra has served as faculty sponsor for several KSU student organizations, including the Muslim Student Association and the Turkish Student Organization. She has also served on advisory boards to the Islamic Speaker's Bureau of Atlanta and the Istanbul Center of Atlanta.