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NCE at IVLA Annual Conference

NCE faculty participated in and presented at the 2020 International Visual Literacy Conference, "Visual Literacy in the Virtual Realm," hosted by the International Visual Literacy Association (IVLA) and held online September 24-26, 2020.

The IVLA Governance and Board includes three NCE faculty members:

  • Karen Tardrew, Elected to Past President and Executive Board; Nominating Committee Chair; Scholarship Committee Chair; Visual Art Exhibit Co-Chair
  • Geri Chesner, Elected to Board Member; Scholarship Committee Member; Visual Art Exhibit Member
  • Xiaoning Chen, Continued Board Member

Presentations at the IVLA Annual Conference included the following by NCE faculty:

  • Critical Visual Literacy: Analyzing Racially Charged Images toward Chinese during the Pandemic
  • Xiaoning Chen and Kristin Lems
  • Visual Analysis of the Endpapers of Diverse 2018 Caldecott Eligible Picture Books
  • Geri Chesner
  • Exploring Pre- and In-Service Teachers’ Knowledge and Experience on Using Photographs as Texts
  • Xiaoning Chen and Mark Newman
  • Visual Messages – An International Online Juried Art Exhibition
  • Karen Tardrew, Co-Presenter
  • Professional Learning Communities, E Learning and Visual Literacy Intersections
  • Karen Tardrew

IVLA Art Exhibition

Additionally, as part of the IVLA conference, Professors Karen Tardrew and Geri Chesnr co-chaired the VISUAL MESSAGES Virtual Art Exhibition, the first juried virtual exhibition presented by the IVLA.

Dr. Tardrew formed the exhibition committee to strengthen visual literacy in the virtual realm and to respond to the need to promote the arts during the COVID-19 pandemic. The jurors reviewed over a hundred submissions. The art exhibition can be viewed online at and features thirty artworks by twenty-two international artists. It will be free to view until December 31, 2020.

Enter Exhibition and Guided Tour

The exhibition was juried by Peter Capreau, senior curator, M Leuven (Belgium); Petronio Bendito, associate professor, designer, artist, and curator, Purdue University (USA); and Dana Statton Thompson, vice-president of IVLA, research and instruction librarian, assistant professor, Murray State University (USA).


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