About the speaker

Researcher and educator by day, writer, illustrator, and music inamorata by night, Jessie Beier is interested in exploring, and in many ways challenging, representation itself. Beier holds a diploma in design and illustration, in addition to a Bachelor of Education, and is currently completing her Masters Degree in Secondary Education at the University of Alberta.

Beier’s interests in both visual and sonic ecologies have led to research that works to think art, in its many forms, as a power for overturning cliché and dismantling common sense habits of interpretation. Beier has worked in a variety of settings as a researcher, educator, and program developer including the Art Gallery of Alberta and Edmonton Public Schools.

She currently teaches in the Department of Secondary Education at the University of Alberta and is the president of Edmonton artist-run centre Latitude 53 Contemporary Visual Culture. Beier has presented her research locally and nationally, and has published her work in multiple journals including Visual Arts Research (University of Illinois Press), The Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy (Taylor and Francis), and The Alberta Journal of Educational Research (University of Alberta).

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