What’s Wrong with this Picture? Interrogating Landscapes of Inequity in Art Education

  • Sunny Spillane


This chapter discusses an ongoing arts-based research project that maps relationships between race, socioeconomic status, and measures of school quality in order to visualize systemic educational inequities and interrogate art education’s role in perpetuating them. The project is informed by critical race theorizations of Whiteness as property and explores relationships between socioeconomic stratification, school segregation, and art education. Conceptualized as an activist intervention, the project used the public forum of a painting exhibition in a university art gallery to make connections with art education stakeholders, open up public dialogue, and instigate critical reflection. Through this writing, the project also entailed a critical self-study of the author’s investment in White property as evidenced in the project’s methods and conceptual framework and in her art education practice.


Whiteness Arts-based research Critical race theory Arts education 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sunny Spillane
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  1. 1.University of North Carolina at GreensboroGreensboroUSA

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