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Jennifer Ferriday

Adjunct Instructor

Jennifer Ferriday is a veteran art educator with over fifteen years of experience teaching art in early childhood education, elementary, secondary, undergraduate, graduate, and community-based arts programs. Jennifer obtained her master’s degree in art education from the University of New Mexico (2007) and Bachelor of Fine Arts from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in New Jersey (2002). With nearly two decades of professional experience and leadership in the arts, arts and health, and art education fields, her passion and expertise reside in community-based art education and curriculum development, focusing on therapeutic art education. After years of designing curricula for and teaching high school art courses, eight years ago, Jennifer transitioned back to community-based arts education and teaching higher education at the University of New Mexico.¬† Most recently, Jennifer co-developed the curriculum for the Healing Arts Certificate program at the University of New Mexico.

In her community-based and clinical practices, Jennifer develops and facilitates programs, workshops, and individual interventions that support and encourage therapeutic art experiences for patients, family members, medical professionals, hospital staff, and the general public. Jennifer has extensive experience developing curricula and teaching therapeutic art in cancer centers, emergency departments, psychiatric centers (adult and children), ICUs, pediatrics, palliative care units, and in general medicine. Jennifer has also worked with veterans, offering therapeutic art education experiences in the geriatric, extended care, respite care, and palliative care units at Veterans Affairs hospitals.

Living high in the beautiful mountains of New Mexico, Jennifer spends most of her artmaking time drawing and painting, as well as creating mixed media works using encaustic, handmade papers, and handblown lampworked glass (created for her by her artist and art teacher husband). When she is not teaching or making art, she can be found gardening, hiking, camping, traveling, and spending as much time as possible with her husband, young son, dogs, cat, and chickens.

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