Barbara Bickel
Art Education and Women Studies
Southern Illinois University

Barbara Bickel is an artist, researcher, educator and independent curator. An Assistant Professor in Art Education and Women Studies at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Bickel teaches courses in art education and studio art. Her arts-based Ph.D. in Art Education from The University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada, focused on women, ritual, spiritual leadership in multi-faith contexts, collaboration, and restorative and transformative learning. It was awarded the Arts Based Educational Research Outstanding Dissertation Award from the American Educational Research Association (ABER SIG) in 2009. Her MA in Education at UBC, which inquired into the body as a site of knowing -- performing itself as text was awarded the ABER Thesis Award in 2004. She holds a BFA in Painting from the University of Calgary and a BA in Sociology and Art History from the University of Alberta. Her art and performance rituals have been exhibited and performed in Canada since 1991. Her articles on arts-based inquiry and a/r/tography have been published in numerous journals and book chapters. To view her art portfolio and arts-based research on-line visit

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