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Biography

Marea Haslett was born in Birmingham, Alabama and grew up in the Atlanta area and California. She enjoys the mental process of painting, sculpting and writing. She graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design with an MFA in Painting in 2016 and has been teaching art for over 20 years.  As an art educator, she develops and runs a successful art program and assists in all aspects of helping art students find personal success. She also develops curriculum, writes grants and promotional materials while providing art leadership in her school, district, and state. Her artwork is in several private collections nationwide, at the University of North Georgia and in various shows in the Atlanta area. She shares her journey with her husband, and their two sons.

Statement

In my paintings, the forms become narratives of personal and societal events, and the process of painting brings clarity which solidifies a sense of empathy. The compositions trace emotional language in the goal towards balance. I create as means to understand the systems I am within, the relationships I develop, and how our human condition evolves as we become better versions of ourselves.

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EDUCATION

2016 MFA in Painting, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA

1996 BS in Art Education, University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, GA

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018 “Interconnected”, Quinlan Art Center, Gainesville, GA

2016 “Allostasis”, MFA Thesis Exhibition, APG Gallery, Tula Art Center, Atlanta, GA

JURIED EXHIBITIONS

2019 “University of North Georgia Art Educator Exhibition”, University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, GA

2018 “Fresh Blood”, Mason Fine Art, Atlanta, GA

2016 “Open Studios”, Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta, GA

“University of North Georgia Art Educator Exhibition”, University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, GA

“An Affair of the Art”, ArtsNOW and Jerusalem House, Atlanta, GA

2015 “Open Studios”, Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta and Savannah, GA

“University of North Georgia Art Educator Exhibition”, University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, GA

2014 “Now is the Time”, Limelight Gallery, Atlanta, GA

“Layers”, Women’s Caucus for the Arts, Perimeter College, Atlanta, GA

“Open Studios”, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA

“University of North Georgia Art Educator Exhibition”, University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, GA

2013  “Open Studios”, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA,

2012  “GAEA Art Educator Art Show”, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA

2009 “Relay for Life Art Auction”, American Cancer Society, Atlanta, GA

“Art Educator Juried Exhibition”, Atlanta Institute of Art, Atlanta, GA

2008  “University of North Georgia Art Educator Exhibition”, University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, GA

2006   “GAEA Art Educator Art Show”, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA

2003  “University of North Georgia Art Educator Exhibition”, University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, GA

1996 “Senior Exhibit”, University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, GA

PUBLICATIONS

2017   “Lenka Clayton: Expanding Constructs”, The Art Section, Oct. 2017

INTERNSHIPS, GRANTS, AWARDS RECEIVED

2019   Honorable Mention, “University of North Georgia Art Educator Exhibition”, University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, GA

2017   Selected Juror, Festival of the Arts for Forsyth County district wide exhibition, April, 2017

2016   Best in Grade Educator Award for Georgia, Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, New York, NY

Best in Show, “University of North Georgia Art Educator Exhibition”, University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, GA

Milton High School Teacher of the Year Finalist, Milton, GA

Governor’s Honor Program Juror/ Administrative Assistant, assisted in picking top student portfolios for the state competition

2015    Teaching Internship, Professor Robert Brown, Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta, GA

Emerging Art Writing Mentorship Program Participant Scholarship, Burnaway, Atlanta, GA

Honorable Mention, “University of North Georgia Art Educator Exhibition”, University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, GA

2014    Internship, Deanna Sirlin, The Art Section, Alpharetta, GA

Milton High School Teacher of the Year Finalist, Milton, GA

Governor’s Honor Program Juror/ Administrative Assistant, assisted in picking top student portfolios for the state competition

2013-2016   Educator Scholarship, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA

Governor’s Honor Program Juror, assisted in picking top student portfolios for the state competition

2012   Art Educator Workshop Scholarship, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO

Governor’s Honor Program Juror, assisted in picking top student portfolios for the state competition

2011   Georgia Art Educator Association Secondary Art Teacher of the Year, Nominee, GA

“Artist in Residence”, Bagel Boys Café, Alpharetta, GA

Governor’s Honor Program Juror, assisted in picking top student portfolios for the state competition

2009   Georgia Art Educator Association Secondary Art Teacher of the Year, Nominee, GA

Special guest to the College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI

Governor’s Honor Program Juror, assisted in picking top student portfolios for the state competition

2008   Honorable Mention, “University of North Georgia Art Educator Exhibition”, University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, GA

Governor’s Honor Program Juror, assisted in picking top student portfolios for the state competition

2006-2014 PTSA Grants, $150- $1500 grants, Milton High School, Milton, GA

Governor’s Honor Program Juror, assisted in picking top student portfolios for the state competition

1999 CGM Foundation Grant, Oil Painting from the Masters Program, Boulder Valley District, Boulder, CO      

1998   Education Foundation Grant, Open to Art program, Adams District #12, Thorton, CO

1996   Hal B, Rhodes Scholarship, University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, GA

Hal B Rhodes Outstanding Art Student of the Year Nominee, University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, GA

Selected member of Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Fraternity, Dahlonega, GA

1995   First Place Graphics Award, University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, GA

Third Place Pottery Award, University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, GA

1994   Gloria Shott Scholarship, University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, GA

Internship, Quinlan Art Center, Gainesville, GA

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2017- present Visual Arts Teacher, FORSYTH CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL, Forsyth County Schools, Cumming, GA

  • Currently teaching Visual Arts I-III, Painting I & II, AP Drawing, AP 2D Design, and AP 3D Design
  • Co- sponsor of National Art Honor Society

2004- 2017    Visual Arts Teacher and Visual Arts Program Director, MILTON HIGH SCHOOL, Fulton County Schools,    Milton, GA,

  • Taught Introduction to Art, Drawing and Painting (levels 1-4), AP Drawing, AP 2D Design, and have taught AP 3D Design, AP Art History, Graphics, Photography, Ceramics and Sculpture. Member of Design Thinking Committee, and Cabinet Leadership

2012- 2017     Fine Arts Department Co- Chair, MILTON HIGH SCHOOL, Milton, GA

  • Supported and advocated for teachers in Visual Arts and Theater
  • Evaluated nine teachers within Visual Arts, Band, Orchestra, Chorus, and Theater under STEP2 and TKES

2011- 2013       Itinerant Art Chair, FULTON COUNTY SCHOOLS, Atlanta, GA

  • Supported and offered curriculum guidance to 15 art teachers in 10 middle and high schools in the district
  • Assisted with development of Fulton County benchmarks for GPS, integration of Common Core and Student Learning Objectives testing in Visual Arts, Fulton County School District

2007- 2012        Fine Arts Department Chair, MILTON HIGH SCHOOL, Milton, GA

  • Supported and advocated for teachers in Visual Arts, Band, Orchestra, Chorus, and Theater
  • Evaluated nine teachers within Visual Arts, Band, Orchestra, Chorus, and Theater under STEP2

2000- 2004        Visual Arts Teacher, NORCROSS HIGH SCHOOL, Gwinnett County School District, Norcross, GA

  • Taught 3D Design, 2D Design, Photography, Crafts, Pottery, AP Studio Art

1999-2000         Visual Arts Focus Teacher, BASE LINE MIDDLE SCHOOL/ BOULDER SCHOOL of the ARTS, Boulder Valley Schools, Boulder, CO

  • Taught 7th and 8th grade on level 3-D Design, Drawing and Painting, Introductory Art, and high school level, comprehensive, block classes for the Arts Focus program

1998-1999         Visual Arts Teacher, ARAPAHOE RIDGE ELEMENTARY, Adams District #12, Westminster, CO

1997-1998         Visual Arts Teacher, TARVER ELEMENTARY, Adams District #12, Thorton, Colorado

CERTIFICATIONS

2000- present  GEORGIA, T-6, CLEAR RENEWABLE in ART, P-12

2013                  TKES EVALUATOR CERTIFICATE, Georgia Department of Education, Atlanta, GA

2007                  STEP2 EVALUATOR CERTIFICATE, Georgia Department of Education, Atlanta, GA

2006                  AP ART HISTORY CERTIFICATE, SAVANNAH COLLEGE of ART and DESIGN, Atlanta, GA

2002                  AP STUDIO CERTIFICATE, ATLANTA COLLEGE of ART, Atlanta, GA

1997- 2002       COLORADO PROFESSIONAL TEACHER LICENSE in ART, K-12, Denver, CO

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

2014- 2018         Women’s Caucus for the Arts

2000- present    NATIONAL ART EDUCATOR ASSOCIATION Member