Alysha (Aly) Friesen Meloche
Alysha (Aly) Friesen Meloche is a recent Ph.D. graduate and current research assistant at Drexel University’s School of Education. Her research interests include formal and informal art education, creativity, and aesthetics in interdisciplinary contexts. She is currently exploring how knowing the identity of an artist changes the emotions that one experiences while looking at their work, particularly when aspects of identity are shared. She would like to study approaches to art education and the history of art that instill creative confidence and identity in students. Some of the areas that interest her are the significance of learning about one’s cultural and identity-specific visual heritage, and the effect of being taught the creative process through examples from history. She earned both her B.A. and M.A. in Art History from Temple University and her Master’s focus was on Late Antique architecture. Overall, she wishes to research and evaluate ways that people are making Art and Art History education accessible and valuable. Currently, she serves on the Education Committee of CAA and on the board of Integrative Teaching International.