Debrah C. Sickler-Voigt, Ph.D.

ICEFA Lidice Jury

I had the honor of serving as an international juror for the 45th ICEFA Lidice children’s art exhibition at the Lidice Gallery in the Czech Republic. ICEFA Lidice organization and its mission are very dear to my heart. My fellow jury members come from the Czech Republic and countries around the world.


Ruthies Favorite MTSU Professor

I am so excited to be named “Favorite MTSU Professor” for the 22nd Annual Ruthies Award.


In an article titled Ruthies Awards Showcase Best of Rutherford, Sean Lupton, Daily News Journal General Manager, stated “The Ruthies were established … to give the community a voice about their favorite things and businesses in Rutherford County. This year more than 400,000 votes were cast, tabulated and audited… (Willard, 2016).


I am highly grateful to receive this award and appreciate the tremendous community support I has received. I feel fortunate to work in the profession that I love and pursue my focus of making a positive difference in people’s lives through art.


NAEA White Papers on Assessment

I am honored to serve as senior editor for this meaningful project. Working with NAEA's Professional Materials Committee (PMC) our focus is to represent the voices, needs, and concerns of NAEA's full membership. "The White Papers on Assessment will present practical scholarship on assessment that is relevant, accessible, and timely for art educators at all levels and within different learning communities."


NAEA Formative Assessment Poster

I was very excited to be at the National Art Education Association Convention in New York City and see the formative assessment poster our team developed for NAEA under Dennis Inhulsen's leadership. Krista Brooke did a fabulous job with its design.


Kids Guernica Stop Motion Film

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Filled with colorful hot air balloons, a collaged sky, and happy children, Tennessee students from three different schools collaborated to create an international stop motion film called "Peace Is In The Air."


This innovative stop motion film highlights Tennessee children’s perspectives of peace. It is inspired by the International Kids Guernica Peace Mural Project, based in Japan. The initial project was developed in 1995 to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. Children in Japan and the United States exchanged murals as an offering of peace. The size of their murals was inspired by Pablo Picasso’s painting Guernica (1937) that depicts the atrocities of war. Since its initiation, the Kids Guernica project has expanded globally to over forty different countries.


In 2005, Dr. Debrah Sickler-Voigt and Mrs. Suzanne St. John created the first Kids Guernica Peace Mural from Tennessee with children from Mitchell Neilson Elementary’s Extended School Program. Our peace mural was exhibited in Bali, Indonesia as part of their 10th Anniversary international peace mural exhibition. Dr. Sickler-Voigt also created a peace mural in Brenderup, Denmark in 2011 during a study abroad program with Dr. Isaac Larison and Lone Bodekaer.


Peace Is In the Air revisits this theme using a different medium and students. This project is the first example of a Kid’s Guernica Peace Mural using stop motion film as its medium.


Under the direction of Dr. Debrah Sickler-Voigt, MTSU Pre-Service Teachers enrolled in Art Education Practicum planned the project’s activities. To make a connection to the original peace mural in Japan, the pre-service teachers appropriated the concept of the hot air balloon. Our project started at the Tennessee School for the Blind with the diligent efforts of Ms. Monica Leister.


In the diverse school settings, all students discussed the meaning of peace and developed the collage sky background to film their project. The students created visual representations of peace that included playing, cooking, resting, and spending time with family. The students from Tennessee School for the Blind utilized found objects to create colorful hot air balloons for the production and planned the stop motion film’s initial storyline. The three first grade classes (Ms. St. John, Ms. Bunyi, and Ms. Hudson) from The Discovery School added singing sound clips and created the stop motion animations using art objects, found objects, and their bodies.


Peace Is In the Air also includes an original song about peace by musician Brian Shind and a professional music production by Dwayne Russell.


Our stop motion film adds to the collective body of International Kids Guernica peace mural projects created by children across our planet. It presents peace from the perspective of children in Middle Tennessee communities, including children who have special needs and children who are gifted and talented.


Participants: Debrah C. Sickler-Voigt, MTSU Professor of Art Education; Suzanne St. John, Discovery School First Grade Team Leader; Monica Leister, Tennessee School for the Blind; Julia Hudson, Discovery School; Angela Bunyi, Discovery School; Art Education Students Joy Shind, Emily Bruce, Kerri Anne Burke-White, Thea Cole, Briley Fulghum, Ahib Hauter, Zachary Hurst, Lindsey Leader, Lydia Shattuck, Hannah Woodward, Tennessee School for the Blind Students, Discovery School First Grade Students. Music written and performed by Brian Shind. Special thanks to Dwayne Russell for music recording. Artistic Inspirations: Kids’ Guernica & Tiny Circus

Copyright 2017 Debrah C. Sickler-Voigt