Kristi Oliver, Ph.D. is currently the Professional Development Manager for Davis Publications in Worcester, MA. She earned a PhD in Educational Studies from Lesley University where her research explored the perspectives of high school photography teachers regarding visual literacy. Her research interests include visual literacy, 21st century art education, contemporary photography, slow pedagogy, contemplative practice, and the creative process. Dr. Oliver currently acts as the Program Director for Art All-State Massachusetts, a program that brings together professional artists and high school juniors for an intense collaborative artmaking experience. Dr. Oliver was awarded the 2020 National Art Education Association Eastern Region Award an has been honored as the Massachusetts Art Educator of the Year and the Secondary Art Educator of the Year. Additionally, she was honored as an Outstanding Arts Advocate in Art Education by Arts|Learning, a Kennedy Center Affiliate. She served as the President of the Massachusetts Art Education Association (MAEA) an affiliate of the National Art Education Association (NAEA) and currently serves on the NAEA Research Commission.