Dr. Ciganko (Ed.D. Illinois State University) brings a long history of teaching art to the Honors College. He received a B.S. and M.A. degree at Kent State University, where he focused on painting and art education research. During that time, he was awarded a scholarship to study at the first Blossom Center Art Program with painter Richard Anuszkiewicz. He began his teaching career in a rural school district in Ohio, where he initiated their first high school art program (and coached football). After completing his doctorate at ISU, he became art supervisor for the West Chester Area Schools. Dr. Ciganko later became chair of the Art Education Department at SUNY:New York. He moved to Ohio to teach at Ohio State University in 1990, where he was engaged in the Getty-sponsored Ohio Partnership program and led the Arts Leadership Academy. He came to IUP in 1996, where he served as Art Education coordinator and for the last eight years as chairperson of the Department of Art.
His creative interest is landscape drawing, and his published scholarship is on issues of art curriculum, art criticism, and teaching art. He continues to integrate his studio work with research, and is presently working on a textbook for art studio instruction: Visions for a Changing Landscape Art: Interviews with Selected Artists in the United States. His publications can be found in various journals, including Art Education and Studies in Art Education. Recently, he edited the first research journal of the Pennsylvania Art Education Association.
Dr. Ciganko returns to teaching in the Robert Cook Honors College after several years’ absence, and he is ready to have some exciting and probing discussions with students.