21st Century Color Literacy Project

Luanne Stowell, University of Texas at Austin

Advances in science and technology expand our understanding of color and create opportunities for teaching color as a multidisciplinary subject in classrooms from early childhood to higher education. Maggie Maggio and Luanne Stovall propose to share information with participants about the 21st Century Color Literacy Project, a newly formed, long term initiative led by the ISCC to identify misinformation about color in education and promote updated color competencies relevant to 21st century industries and disciplines. The session will address specific problems identified by the ISCC Problems Committee, and review results of a baseline Color Education Survey distributed to colleagues involved in color education (kindergarten to university). This survey is the first step in developing age-appropriate resources for teaching color as a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) subject.

Luanne Stovall (MFA Tufts University) is an artist specializing in color, with a passion for modern design and the creative practice. Luanne embraces color as a vital communication tool for visual literacy and believes we are embarking on a 21st Century Color Evolution. She is collaborating with colleagues in science, industry, design, and the arts to upgrade STEM into the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) Supermodel – activating all resources to build a sustainable future.

Luanne is a lecturer in the School of Architecture and the College of Fine Arts at the University of Texas in Austin, where she has taught Living Color, Advanced Color: Strategies & Solutions, and the Color Modules for Art & Art History Core Foundations students. She has given color lectures, workshops, and courses in many locations including UT Austin; Wellesley College; School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Sloan School of Business, MIT; The Contemporary Austin; and the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Currently, she is developing The New Color as a multidisciplinary upper level course at UT Austin (Spring 2019) and writing The New Color, a 21st Century Field Guide as a multidisciplinary color education model.

Luanne’s paintings and color cut-outs are in public and private collections including the Blanton Museum of Art; Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi; El Paso Museum of Art; Neiman Marcus Signature Store, Boston; Estee Lauder Collection; and Moakley Cancer Care Center in Boston.