Virginia Freyermuth

Building 2 (B2) 03
(401) 456-9580

Academic Background

B.F.A., M.F.A. Boston University
Ph.D., Union Institute & University, Cincinnati

Courses Taught

ARTE 303 Introduction to Art Education
ARTE 340 Methods & Materials in Art Education
ARTE 404 Secondary Practicum Art Education
ARTE 503 Graduate Introduction to Art Education
ARTE 504 Graduate Practicum in Sec Art Education


Dr. Virginia Freyermuth is an artist, writer, holistic art educator, and arts advocate. She holds Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees in Painting from Boston University. She received her K-12 art teaching certification through Suffolk University. She earned her Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a Concentration in Art Education from The Union Institute & University in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Dr. Freyermuth was named the 1994 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year by the Massachusetts Department of Education. She was the 1995 recipient of the National Outstanding Art Teacher Award of Walt Disney's American Teacher Awards. She is a Founding Fellow of the Teacher Leadership Academy of Massachusetts and served as Co-Chair of its Board of Directors. She was named the Massachusetts Outstanding Art Educator by the Massachusetts Alliance for Arts Education in 1989. She was a member of the Commission on the Massachusetts Common Core of Learning in 1993-1994.

She has worked as the Art Master Teacher of the Connecting Oceans Academy (COA) of the ECHO Project, Education Through Cultural and Historical Organizations, a federally mandated educational and cultural enrichment initiative in Massachusetts since 2004. The COA has explored S.T.E.M to S.T.E.A.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) initiatives with K-12 classroom teachers towards cultivating personal connections with the natural world toward pride of place and stewardship of the Earth.

Dr. Freyermuth has given over 200 presentations and keynote addresses nationally, regionally, and locally on art and education, and is a passionate arts advocate. Most recently, she was a Keynote Speaker for the ECHO Summit in December 2010 on the topic of place-based education towards a sustainable future. She also presented at the 2011 National Marine Educators Association Conference, and she represented Rhode Island College at a 2011 national briefing on S.T.E.M to S.T.E.A.M. in Washington D.C.

Dr. Freyermuth co-authored a series of articles based on ongoing research about personal and societal transformation titled The Wonder Full Teacher Project, published in SchoolArts Magazine, 2004-2005, with colleague Dr. Peter London. She wrote a column titles "Learning for Life" in the Massachusetts daily evening newspaper, The Patriot Ledger and also wrote as an Art Reviewer for that paper for 10 years.

She is a contributing author for a new book on holistic art education to be published by the National Art Education Association (NAEA). She is completing the writing of her own book on holistic art education titled Ways to Your Child's Art: A Parent and Teacher Guide to Holistic Art Education. She published an article in the NAEA Studies in Art Education journal on holistic art education.

Dr. Freyermuth has taught all grade levels including pre-school, elementary, middle school, high school, college, and adult over her 36 years as an art educator. She was the K-12 Art Coordinator of the Duxbury Public Schools in Duxbury, Massachusetts for 14 years. She has also worked as a full-time Art Education faculty member at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth for five years until her retirement there in 2004.

She is President of Virginia K. Freyermuth, Inc., a southeastern Massachusetts corporation that promotes personal and professional growth and learning through the arts and education. Dr. Freyermuth maintains a personal studio where she actively pursues drawing, painting, writing, photography, and private instruction. She has been named to Marquis Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in America, Who"s Who in American Education, and Who's Who of American Women.

Her websites are:
Studio Website:
Holistic Art Education Website:
Teaching For Personal and Societal Transformation:

Page last updated: Sep. 21, 2011