James Rees

James Rees

Website: http://jamesreesart.com/

   Spanish Fork, UT, 84660

A widely-known champion of the arts, James Rees is a passionate advocate  for  art  education  that  balances  theory,  research,  and practice. With more than 24 years of teaching experience, James currently teaches full-time at Provo High School, but he has also taught undergraduate and graduate courses in art and art educa- tion  at  Brigham  Young  University,  Utah  Valley  University,  and Westminster College.
James was recently elected by his peers to become vice president of the National Art Education Association after serving as the Pa- cific Region Secondary Representative. He is a Fulbright Memorial Scholar, a Teachers Institute of Contemporary Art Fellow, and an Art21  Fellow.  James  has  served  as  reviewer  for  the  President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities as well as the National Endowment for the Arts. He currently serves on the board of direc- tors for the Utah Arts Festival, providing guidance on community outreach and educational initiatives.
James advocates for the arts nationally and locally to empower students  and  their  teachers  in  and  through  the  arts.  He  has demonstrated leadership as the past president of the Utah Art Ed- ucation Association and brought national leaders to Utah to share innovative curricular approaches to teaching and affecting youth through the arts. His awards include the Sorenson Legacy Founda- tion Award for Excellence in Arts Education, Utah Art Educator of the  Year  and National Art Education  Secondary  Educator  of the Year.
He has partnered with national organizations such as Art 21, a PBS program, and has hosted premiers of their films. James has pre- sented numerous times throughout the state and region, whether it is about contemporary art in museums, through the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning program, or working with teens in the Homeless Youth Resource Center.