Mary Anna LaFratta

School of Art and Design
Associate Professor, Graphic Design

Phone: 828-227-2463
Email: malafratta@wcu.edu
Office Address: BAC 241

Education:

  • M.F.A., Virginia Commonwealth University, Design / Visual Communications
  • B.F.A., Virginia Commonwealth University, Art Education

Professional and Creative Scholarship:

SECAC

SouthEastern College Art Conference
"Communication in the In-Between and Overlapping Spaces"
Richmond, Virginia

United States Library of Congress
Permanent Collection of Historic Interent Materials
"Political Terror Scale" 
http://www.politicalterrorscale.org


Catholicity:  The Universal in The Particular  
Juried Virtual Exhibition 
http://www.sisyphusproject.net/catholicity/Index/index.html
“Prayers + Reflections”

SECAC Annual Juried Exhibition

SouthEastern College Art Conference
Charleston, West Virginia

‘Smart Art’ Digital Art Juried Exhibition
Upstairs Artspace
Tryon, North Carolina

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Faire
Western Carolina University
Presentation: Decoding Visual Culture
Sylva, North Carolina

Congress of the Americas International Conference
Scholarship and Technology in a Fractured World
Present Paper: Making Meaning in a Visual Culture
Puebla, Mexico

Poster Presentation
206th Meeting of the American Astronomical Society
The Radio Sky: Multidisciplinary Research Multimedia and Physics
Undergraduate Research Students and Faculty
Washington, DC

National Science Foundation Grant
Co-Investigator
Internships in Public School Education: Sensing The Radio Sky
A multidisciplinary research project involving physics and multimedia arts and sciences faculty and students, to design and develop a planetarium presentation and teaching materials on the radio waves in the sky.
Awarded $249,000.00

National Art Education Foundation:
Teacher Incentive Grant
Integrated Liberal Studies Program
University of North Carolina at Asheville
Course Development: Decoding Visual Culture
(Writing Intensive and Information Literacy Intensive)
Awarded $600.00

Vernacular International Conference
Borders, Boundaries, and Visual Culture
Presentation: Interpretation and Literacy in the Visual Culture Environment
Puebla, Mexico

Design Lecture Series and Workshops

Invited Scholar
University of Arizona
Tucson, Arizona

Studio Connections Summer Workshop

Invited Artist
Tucson, Arizona

Teaching and Learning with Technology Conference

University of North Carolina
Presentation: Visual Perception is Visual Thinking
Raleigh, North Carolina

Arizona Art Education Conference

Presentation: Visual Language
Tucson, Arizona

Quark To Quasars Symposium

Panel Participant
Discussion on collaborative activities with the regions’ scientific visualization and presentation communities.

Virginia Art Education Association Conference
Presentation: Visualizing Information
Portsmouth, Virginia

Fulbright-Hayes Grant

University of North Carolina at Asheville
University of North Carolina at Wilmington
Universidad de Catolica
Participating faculty; awarded study abroad
Valparaiso, Chile

School of the Arts Research Sabbatical

Virginia Commonwealth University

National Endowment for the Arts Grant

Partners in the Arts
Integrating Arts Across the Curriculum
Participating Faculty
Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, Virginia

Invited Artist

Esperero Canyon Middle School
Tucson, Arizona

Computers in Art and Design Conference

Presenter
Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, Virginia

Community Service Associates Award

Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, Virginia

Computing Strategies Across the Curriculum
Presenter
The University of Vermont
Burlington, Vermont

Symposium on Small Computers in the Arts

Presenter
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Invitational Group Show
Flossie Martin Gallery
Radford, Virginia

National Juried Computer Art Exhibition

Shircliff Gallery
Vincennes, Indiana

Faculty Grant-in-Aid

Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, Virginia

Virginia Art Education Association Conference

Presenter
Roanoke, Virginia

Symposium on Small Computers in the Arts

Presenter
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Juried Computer Art Exhibition

Symposium on Small Computers in the Arts Conference
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Virginia Art Education Association Conference

Presenter
Arlington, Virginia

Invited Artist

Davidson County Community College
Lexington, North Carolina

Invited Teacher

Governor’s Regional High School for the Arts
Richmond, Virginia

Symposium on Small Computers in the Arts

Presenter
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 

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