New Summit art teacher leads Ohio art education’s association

Summit art teacher

Carrie Barnett is this year’s president of the Ohio Art Education Association (OAEA).

Carrie Barnett, the new Upper School art teacher at The Summit Country Day School, is this year’s president of the Ohio Art Education Association (OAEA). 

With 26 years of experience in art education before coming to The Summit, she has also served as an adjunct professor of art at Miami University where she received her master’s degree in art education. Mrs. Barnett has been a leader in the state art teachers’ organization since 2009. Last year, she served as Ohio’s delegate to the National Art Teachers Education Association. She was named the OAEA Southwest Ohio Outstanding Art Teacher in 2009 and Ohio Outstanding Secondary Teacher in 2014. 

“As the current President of the Ohio Art Education Association, one of Carrie’s roles is to make connections with legislators, administrators, community leaders, parents and fellow teachers,” says Mark Wiesner, retired Upper School art teacher. “Yet, it is the connections she makes with her students and the personal interest she takes in their artistic and personal pursuits that is most important to her. Her former students speak fondly of her. She is much loved and respected by them.”  

Mrs. Barnett says her No. 1 job is creating a passion in her students for a life that includes art, but her views also reflect The Summit’s view of the role art education plays in broadening students’ views on other aspects of their lives. “Helping students explore the arts encourages them to become creative problem solvers and well-rounded people who will themselves be lifelong advocates for the arts,” she said. 

“Advocacy is such an integral part of Arts Education,” Wiesner said. “It involves knowing . . . believing . . . and actively promoting the importance that the arts play within the education of the ‘whole person.’ Carrie Barnett understands this and will bring this to the classroom, to her students and to The Summit. I feel no hesitation in expressing that Carrie will fit well into Summit’s long tradition of excellence in art education.” 

In fact, The Summit’s mission statement includes artistic expression as one of the five pillars that define The Summit’s holistic approach to education.  

“The lessons of a strong program in the arts are profound,” says Head of School Rich Wilson. “In the arts, it’s not about what’s correct or what the rules say; it’s all about judgment. The arts teach children that problems can have more than one solution. The arts celebrate multiple perspectives – there are many ways to see and interpret the world. The arts put us in touch with our feelings.”   

Over the past decade, Summit students have been admitted to such top-ranked college art programs as Yale University School of Art; Maryland Institute College of Art;  Art Institute of Chicago; Parsons School of Art; Savannah College of Art and Design; Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising;  University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts; Ringling School of Art; the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning (DAAP) and Columbus College of Art and Design.  

The Summit is a co-educational, Catholic independent school serving children from 18 months through grade 12. Registration is now underway for the 2020-21 school year. Call 871-4700 ext. 261 to schedule a personal tour.