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Mary Stokrocki is a professor in the School of Art in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts and affiliate faculty member with ASU’s Barrett Honors College and the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. She has taught for more than 35 years, including 10 years at the middle and high school level in New York and Boston and 23 years at the university level in Ohio and Arizona. She joined ASU in 2010. 

Her research centers on multicultural teaching and learning in the U.S., including Yaqui, Pima/Maricopa, Ak-Chin, Apache and Navajo reservations in Arizona, as well as internationally in the Netherlands, Poland, Brazil, Spain, Portugal, Croatia and Turkey. The recipient of 11 grants, her most recent research focuses on visual culture studies and alternative learning contexts, such as the aesthetics of the shopping mall, preschool class in a museum, computer graphics classes, Internet sites for the homeless, and in carnivalesque settings. In 2012, she was awarded a Fulbright Scholar Award to teach at the National Chiayi University’s Department of Fine Arts at the Graduate Institute of Visual Arts. She developed a course titled “Digital Ethnography in Virtual Worlds,” which explored the educational uses of teaching and learning on Second Life in Taiwan.

Professor Stokrocki has authored seven books, more than 25 book chapters and 120 journal articles. Her awards and honors include the 2014 Distinguished Lecture Award and Address in Education (autobiography) and the 36th honoree in the History of Art Education for her ethnographic research. She has presented her work at more than 100 national and international conferences. She holds memberships or served on the board of a number of professional associations, including the American Anthropological Association, American Educational Research Association, Arizona Art Education Association, Gold Canyon Arts Council, International Art Education Association, International Society for Education through Art, National Art Education Association, New Media Consortium, Society for Visual Anthropology, Superstition Area Arts Cultural Alliance and United States Society for Education through Art.

In addition, Stokrocki consults widely, locally, nationally and internationally, including two years as a curriculum consultant in Turkey for the National Higher Education Development Project, sponsored by the World Bank. 

  • Ed. D. Pennsylvania State University 1981
  • M.S. Art Education. Massachusetts College of Art 1976.
  • B.S. Art Education. State University of New York at New Paltz, NY
  • A.A.S. Commercial Art Dutchess Community College, Poughkeepsie, New York 1966.
Research Interests: 

Arts education, multicultural teaching and learning, visual culture studies, alternative learning contexts, and educational use of Second Life

  • Stokrocki, M., with Jung, Yujn. (2017). Chap 16. Promoting Global Multi-Literacy through Investigating Traditional and Pop Culture on Second Life Korean Hangouts. In In R. Shin, M. Lim, M. Bae-Dimitriadis, and O. Lee (Eds). Pedagogical Globalization: Traditions, Contemporary Art, and Popular Culture of Korea. International Society for Education through Art (InSEA) E-book Publication.
  • Stokrocki, M. (2017). Night Nests with Pests: A Case Study of Creative Placemaking and Exploring Sonoran Desert Ecology on the OpenSim with Middle School Students. Journal of Art for Life, 8:
  • Stokrocki, M. (2017). Transdisciplinary Excursions: Middle school students explore art & ecology in virtual worlds. Proceedings from The Penn State Seminar @50, 1. Transdisciplinary Inquiry, Practice, and Possibilities.
  • Stokrocki, M. (2016). Exploring the OpenSim Virtual World with Middle School Students: Creating/Constructing Sonoran Desert Visual Literacy Forms. International Journal of Education Through Art [IJEA], 12(3), 311-326. First article written on using virtual worlds with middle school kids.
  • Stokrocki, M. (2016). The Lizards of “ARS” ©: A Participatory Aesthetic Parody Play, International Journal of Arts Education, 14(2), 39-51.
  • Stokrocki, M. (2015). A Special Mountain Place and Sunrise Ceremony for Apache Students. (USSEA) Journal of Cultural Research in Art Education, 32, 226-242.
  • Stokrocki, M. (2014). Taiwanese Undergraduates’ Digital Story Quests of Art Treasures in Second Life. Journal of Cultural Research in Art Education, 30 (with Jin-Shiow Chen). 
  • Stokrocki, M. (2014). What is the Relationship Between Research and Empathy? In M. Buffington and S.W. McKay (Eds.). Practice theory: Seeing the power of art teacher researchers (pp. 287-288). Reston, VA: NAEA
  • Stokrocki, M. (2014). Art education qualitative research in cyberworlds. In Kathy Miraglia and Cathy Smilan (Eds.). Inquiry in Action: Paradigms, Methodologies and Perspectives in Art Education Research (pp. 204-210). Reston, VA: NAEA.
  • Stokrocki, M., and Han, Hsiao-Cheng (2013, Sept.). New creative product design industries: International Young Designers Exhibition, Taipei, 19-21 May 2012 – a visual essay. (InSEA) Journal of Education through Art, 9(3), 387-398
  • Stokrocki, M. (2012). Exploring Native Peoples’ Art & Spirituality on Second Life: July 2012 Special Issue on Art & Spirituality, Visual Arts Forum, 7, 116-136 [Minshong, Taiwan].
  • Stokrocki, M. (2012). Improving Visual Literacy Through Illustration: A Participant Observation Study of Third Graders’ Responses to their Local Desert Stories, Formations, and Creatures. Visual Inquiry: Learning and Teaching Art, 1(2), 123-139.
  • Krecker, L. S., Stokrocki, M., and Wexler, A. (2012). Interviews with Artists with Disabilities: Digital Ethnography on Second Life. In A. Wexler (Ed.). Art education beyond the classroom: Pondering the outsider and other sites of learning (pp. 135-158). Hampton, UK: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Stokrocki, M., and S. Andrews. (2010). Empowering the Disenfranchised through Explorations in Second Life. In Sweeny, R. (Ed.). Intersections and Interactions in 21st century art education: Art education in a digital visual culture. Reston, VA: National Art Education Association
  • Stokrocki, M. (2010). An Intergenerational and Semiotic Exploration of Hair Combs as Material Culture, International Journal of Education through Art, 6(2), pp. 163-179.
  • Stokrocki, M., with Flatt, B., and York, E. (2010).  A Constructivist Study of Middle School Students’ Narratives and Ecological Illustrations. Journal for Learning through the Arts: A Research Journal on Arts Integration in Schools and Communities, 6(1), 1-16.
  • Stokrocki, M. (2009). Preadolescents’ reflect on their drawings of dance: Students’ voices in art learning. Art Education, 62(4), 6-12. Co-authored with Laurie Eldridge
  • Stokrocki, M. (2008). Empowering Elementary Students’ Ecological Thinking Through Discussing the Animé Nausicaa and Constructing Super Bugs. Journal for Learning through the Arts: A Research Journal on Arts Integration in Schools and Communities [JLtA], Volume 4, Issue 1, 2008, Co-authored with teacher Michael Delahunt;
  • Stokrocki, M. (2007). Unraveling a meaningful mentor relationship: A visual culture dialogue between an art education professor and her former student. 2007 June King McFee Award Lecture. The Women’s Caucus Report, (NAEA Affiliate), 7-13.
  • Stokrocki, M., and Sister Margarita Frias Angulo (2006). The Significance of Children’s Drawings of their First Holy Communion in Barcelona, Spain” Journal of Cultural Research in Art Education, 24, 97-108
  • Hafeli, M., Stokrocki, M.,and Zimmerman, E. (2005). A cross-site analysis of strategies used by three middle school art teachers to foster student learning. Studies in Art Education, 46(3), 242-254.
  • Stokrocki, M., and Samora, M. (2003). An Ethnographic Exploration of Children's Drawings of their First Communion in Poland. International Journal of Education & the Arts.
  • Stokrocki, M., and Samora, M. (2003). The "Green School" as an Aesthetic, Ecological and Moral Folk Experience in Poland, Journal of Cultural Research in Art Education, 21, 44-59.
  • Stokrocki, M. (2003). Shopping malls from preteen and Teenage Perspectives: In P. Duncum (Ed.). Visual Arts Research, 28(2), 77-8511
  • Stokrocki, M. (2001). Children’s ethno-aesthetic responses to a Turkish carpet: A cross-cultural comparison Study in three cultures, Journal of Art and Design Education (JADE), 20(3), 320-331
  • Stokrocki, M. (2001). Sociocultural influences on Brazilian children's drawing.” Art Education, 53(1), 12-17. 
  • Stokrocki, M. (2001). Celebrate the memory of victims of violence through the arts: A photo essay.” Art Education, 53(2), 53-54. 
  • Stokrocki, M. (1996). The ecomuseum preserves an artful way of life. Art Education, 49(4), 35-43.
  • Stokrocki, M. (1995).  A school day in the life of a young Navajo girl: A case study in ethnographic storytelling. Art Education, 47(4), 61-68 [Received the NAEA Manual Barkan Memorial Award for Excellence in Research].
  • Stokrocki, M. (1994). Through Navajo children’s eyes: Cultural influences on representational abilities.” Visual Anthropology, 7, 27-67.
  • Stokrocki, M. (1994). Patterning of Navajo art skills, basic schema, and arrangements. The Journal of Multicultural and Cross-cultural Research in Art Education, 13, 67-76. 
  • Stokrocki, M. (1992). The qualities of listening, perseverance, and cooperation in ethnographic research. Acceptance Speech for the Mary Rouse Award in Women's Caucus Report, 50.
  • Stokrocki, M. (1992). Participant observation research on pedagogy and learning. Translations: From theory to practice. Reston, VA: National Art Education Association.
  • Stokrocki, M. (1991). An exploratory interpretation of authority in multicultural art education research. Journal of Multicultural and Cross-cultural Research in Art Education, 9, 43-50.
  • Stokrocki, M. (1991). Teaching art to rural seventh graders. Journal of Art and Design Education, 10(3), 343-351. 
  • Stokrocki, M. (1991). A decade of qualitative research in art education: Methodological expansions and pedagogical explorations." Visual Arts Research, 17(1), 42-51.
  • Stokrocki, M. (1990). A cross-site analysis: Problems in teaching art to preadolescents, Studies in Art Education, 31(2), 106-117.
  • Stokrocki, M. (1990). Socio/cultural issues in the interpretation of art settings. Journal of Multicultural and Cross-cultural Research in Art Education, 8(1), 51-60.
  • Stokrocki, M. (1990). A description and comparison of the technical concerns and aesthetic decisions of participants in three beginning microcomputer graphics courses, Computers in the Schools: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Practice, Theory, and Applied Research, 7(3), 61-70.
  • Teaching suburban ninth graders: The facilitator. Ohio Art Education Association Journal, 29(1), 3-21.


Research Activity: 
Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
ART 492Honors Directed Study
ART 499Individualized Instruction
ART 592Research
ART 595Continuing Registration
ART 680Practicum
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
ARE 494Special Topics
ARE 598Special Topics
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
ARE 301Studio Art & Human Development
ART 492Honors Directed Study
ART 595Continuing Registration
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
ARA 311Art Appreciation and Human Dev
ARE 494Special Topics
ARE 598Special Topics
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
ARE 370Teaching Visual Culture
ART 492Honors Directed Study
ARE 494Special Topics
ARE 510Visual Culture Research
ARE 592Research
ART 595Continuing Registration
ARE 598Special Topics
ARE 599Thesis
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
ARA 311Art Appreciation and Human Dev
ARE 494Special Topics
ARE 590Reading and Conference
ARE 598Special Topics
ARE 599Thesis
Honors / Awards: 
  • AET Award for Research, National Art Education Association - 2017
  • Historical Award for Leadership and Research, Arizona Art Education Association - 2016
  • USSEA Kenneth Marantz Distinguished Fellow Award - 2015
  • Research Award, Gold Canyon Arts Council - 2015
  • Distinguished Autobiography Lecture Award and Address in Art Education, Miami University - 2014
  • Fulbright Award (Digital Ethnography in Virtual Worlds), National Chiayi University, Taiwan - 2012 
  • College of Arts & Architecture Alumni Award, Pennsylvania State University - 2007
  • June King McFee Award, National Art Education Association (NAEA) Women's Caucus - 2007
  • Lowenfeld Award, for "signifiant contributions to art education" - 2005
  • NAEA Manual Barkan Memorial Award Research - 2003
  • Distinguished Fellow, National Art Education Association - 2002
  • USSEA Edwin Ziegfeld Award -2002
  • Art Educator of the Year (NAEA Pacific Region) - 2000
  • NAEA Manual Barkan Memorial Award for Excellence in Research - 1995
  • Arizona Art Education Association Higher Education Award - 1994
  • Mary Rouse Award, National Art Education Association (NAEA) Women's Caucus - 1992
  • Editorial Review Board: Journal of Cross-cultural Research in Art Education (1987-present)
  • Editorial Review Board: Visual Arts Research (1990-present)
  • Editorial Consultant: Visual Arts Research (2000-2003)
  • Editorial Advisory Board: The Journal of Multicultural and Cross-cultural Research in Art Education (1995-present)
Professional Associations: 

American Anthropological Association

American Educational Research Association 

Arizona Art Education Association 

Gold Canyon Arts Council  

International Art Education Association

International Society for Education through Art 

National Art Education Association 

New Media Consortium

Society for Visual Anthropology

Superstition Area Arts Cultural Alliance

United States Society for Education through Art


Graduate Faculties / Mentoring History: 

Doctoral students

  • Member, Richard Lee Heineman (2015). “The Cattle track Compound: Connections and Collections.”
  • Chair, Linda Krecker (2014). “A Participant Observation Society of the Art of Burning Man and Burn 2: Art as Immersive Spectacle.”
  • Chair, Deb Schlegel (2014). “Virtual Media: A Participant Observation Study of Art Education in Second Life.” 
  • Chair, Kai Hsuan Hsu (2014). “Transformation from Wax to Metal: A Symbolic Interactionism Study of Jewelry Casting Class”
  • Member, Jeremy Blair (2014). “Animated self-inquiry: A catalyst for empathy in the art education classroom.” (University of North Texas)
  • Chair, Brian Jones (2013). "What's so Deviant about deviantART? Teen's Art Learning and Social Media.”
  • Chair, Yu-ting Chiou (2013). “A Cross-Cultural Study in Understanding the Response and Interpretation of American and Taiwanese Visual Images: A Cross-Sectional Survey.”
  • Member, Estelle Fostnight (2013). “QRP: Virtual Possibilities: A Thesis Proposal to Determine the Effectiveness of Teaching Cultural Understanding through a Museum Teleconferencing Program."
  • Chair, Benson, Robert. (2011). "Supporting and Fostering Collaboration within a Community of Practice Around the Pedagogy of Arts Integration." 
  • Member, Hillary Andrelchik (2009). “Effect of demonstration on wheel throwing.”
  • Member, Jamie Watts (2008). “Teaching Digital Media as an Art Class: A Search to Define a Curriculum.”
  • Chair, Stacey Levin (2006). “A Semiotic Analysis of film Crash.”
  • Chair, Osgur Soganci (2005). “An Interdisciplinary study of problematizing a curricular muteness: Figural representation in Islam and Turkish Art Education.”
  • Chair, Sercan Sahin (2001). “Student Teaching Experience: The growth of perspectives on becoming art teachers.” (D. Ed)
  • Chair, Fatih Benzer (2000). “What Takes Place When Teachers Follow DBAE.”
  • Member, Sue Raymond (2000). “Ceramics and History of Archie Bray.”

Master's students

  • Chair, James Gaylord (2017).
  • Chair, Audrey Reeves (2016). “Education of artistically talented students from selected socio-economic and culturally diverse background.” 
  • Member, Pat Bomberg-Roth. (2014). "To Collaborate or Not: An Artist’s Dilemma."
  • Member, Aimee Marchenko (2014). "Leadership in a Collaborative Mural with Adolescent Girls." 
  • Chair, Deb Schlegel (2014). “Virtual Media: A Participant Observation Study of Art Education in Second Life.”
  • Member, Allison Lee (2013). "YouTube Instruction in the Middle School Art Classroom"
  • Chair, Theresa Marsili (2011). “Gender and Its Effects on Subject Matter Preference in a High School Ceramics Class.”
  • Chair, Jenny Evans (2010). “Digital Self: Primary Students and Computer Art.” 
  • Chair, Deb Schlegel (2010). “Pedagogical Practices, Models, and Experiences Teaching in Second Life.” 
  • Chair, Kim Day (2010). "Literature and Film in Republic of Czechoslovakia."
  • Member, Blake Smith (2008). "Art for Social Action and Awareness." 
  • Chair, Rachel Somerville. A semiotic study on the sub-culture of hairstylists using the idea of rites of passage. 
  • Member, Sigrun Saemundsdottir (2005). "Apprentice Mask: A qualitative study of one Yaqui Pascola artist and his teachings." (Unpublished MA Thesis)
  • Chair, Karla Primoch (2004). "An Ethnographic Study of A professor and Teachers.” 
  • Member, K. David (2004). “When Art Speaks: Results of Teaching a Unit on Medieval Art.”
  • Member, L. Hales (2002). "A Walk Inside the Circle: An Experience Teaching Art in the Yavapi Nation."
  • Member, Roxie May Thayer (2001). "Assessing Protest and Persuasion Printmaking at HS Level.”
  • Chair, Osgur Soganci (2001). “A microethnographic study of a preservice art education class at a major American university.” 
  • Chair, S. Anderson (1997). "The after-school cartoon club as a contemporary rite of passage for male adolescents."
  • Member, L. Black (1997). "The effect of art instruction on special education students' understanding and reflection of art making."
  • Chair, S. Brooks (1997). "A participant observation study of an art class for physically challenged students."
  • Member, K. Cherry (1997). A participant observation study of seven 4-grade art classes using multicultural artists as exemplars.
  • Member, Michelle Dock. “Viewpoints for Understanding Art and Museum Docent Trainees.”
  • Chair, Glenda Folk (1992). "Focusing attention and enhancing visual memory: Motivations for watercolor painting in middle school." (Unpublished MA thesis) 
  • P. Kearney (1996). "A microethnographic study of the artmaking of three 6th-grade Hispanic students in one elementary art class: A qualitative research."
  • Chair, P. Springer (1995). "A microethnographic study of teaching art to Navajo junior high students."
  • Member, A. LaPorte (1994). "A microethnographic study of an art class for institutionalized elderly."
  • Chair, Judy Mariahazy (uncompleted). “A Microethnography Study of A CD Rom Experiment in a Photo Class.” also "The Computer as a Teaching Tool for High School Photography.”
  • Member, Melanie Sains (uncompleted). "Oral Histories of Hochunk Artists."
  • Member, Tamsen Burk (uncompleted). “The Art Education of Migrant and Farm Worker Children: A Microethnographic Study of a Legally Blind Art Teacher in Rural Washington State.”
Work History: 

Stokrocki has been teaching for 35 years. Ten years at the middle/high school level in New York and Boston; Five of which she was Chair of Art Department, and 23 years at the university level in Cleveland, Ohio and Tempe, Arizona.

  • Superstition Area Cultural Alliance, President and Board Member (2013-2018)
  • Superstition Area Cultural Alliance, Vice President (2015)
  • International Journal of Education and the Arts, Advisory and Review Board (2010)
  • International Art Education Association on Second Life (InAEA), Vice President (2010)
  • Superstition Area Cultural Alliance, Vice President (2009-present)
  • International Society for Education through Art (InSEA), Chair of Research Board (2008-2011)
  • International Society for Education through Art (InSEA), World Councilor (2006)
  • International Society for Education through Art (InSEA), Vice President (2002, 2003, 2005)
  • International InSEA/UNESCO Web Project, National Editor (2000) 
  • International Society for Education through Art (InSEA), World Councilor (1997-2000)
  • United States Society for Education through Art, Executive Secretary (1997-2000)
  • United States Society for Education through Art (USSEA), President (1994)
  • NAEA Council for Policy Studies in Art Education, Lifetime Member (1992)