Carrie Barnett
OAEA 2019 President

A Message from the President

I am honored to serve the members of the Ohio Art Education Association as your president. It is my role to preserve, promote, and protect the interests of our association through supporting the Leadership Assembly and the work they do for all members.



It is my goal to:

  • Reach out to members around the state and learn what your needs are and how we as a leadership assembly can meet those needs.
  • Encourage the growth of art leaders throughout our organization from membership through Executive Committee because we need strong art leaders for the future of art education.
  • Support positive advocacy for art education through involvement in OAEA, OAAE, ODE, and the OAC.



Thank you for electing me and for supporting me throughout this art adventure.



Artfully yours,


Carrie Barnett





Carrie Barnett is a National Board Certified Art Teacher who has taught art levels ranging from 1st grade through 12th during the span of her 26 year career. She began teaching at Mt. Orab Middle School in 1993 and quickly moved to the Northwest Local School District in 1994. She currently teachs all levels of high school art at Colerain High School in Cincinnati. During her tenure at CHS she has created several new art courses, including the development of AP Studio Art. She serves as the Art Department Chairperson as well as having served on numerous district level committees over the years. Additionally Carrie teaches Introduction to Art Education as an adjunct professor at Miami University in Oxford.



Carrie has served OAEA in a variety of roles over the course of her career. She served as Southwest Regional Director as well as several regional leadership roles before taking on the role of 2nd Vice President. Carrie has served on multiple Conference Planning Committees and continues to present relevant workshops at state conferences.





My job, first and foremost, is to create within my students a passion for a life that includes art.  Helping students explore the arts encourages them to become creative problem solvers and well-rounded people who will themselves be life-long advocates for the arts. Victor Lowenfeld stated: “We think of it (art education) as a means to an end, and the end is always the individual.”


I truly cannot imagine doing anything else as a profession, and I take my charge to educate students very seriously.  I love instilling confidence as students who think they “can’t draw” find out they can. I love watching as my students develop ideas into visual images.  I love when my students confide in me and trust me with their problems and concerns. I love watching as each student leaves my classroom with a new outlook on art in their life.  In addition to the love I have for my everyday teaching, I find interacting with other art educators through OAEA very rewarding. It is intoxicating to be involved with others who share a similar passion, and it is through this work that I continue to renew my professional focus.


One of my favorite quotes is from Gianlorenzo Bernini: “What we have is given by God and to teach it to others is to return it to him.” I feel blessed to have been given the opportunity to teach art to others.




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