J. Andrew Henley, Ph.D. is a museum educator, currently serving as Curator of Education and Community Engagement at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma. Previously, Dr. Henley was Curator of Education, K-12 at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, from 2007 to 2016. His museum career began at the Toledo Museum of Art, in Toledo, Ohio, coordinating projects for the TMA docent corps.
Museum-related projects that Dr. Henley is particularly proud of include developing extensive drop-in art classes for families with children, partnering with summer camps for individuals with special needs, and establishing a program for individuals coping with dementia-related illnesses and their care partners. His current work is related to curriculum development in relation to STEAM, therapeutic art experiences with hot glass, and exploring the intersection of technique and content in apprentice-based arts education.
Dr. Henley earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Toledo in Art Education, focusing on drawing. His doctorate was earned at Auburn University, with a dissertation entitled Adolescent Artistic Caricatures and the Sharing of Art, which examined the social groupings related to definitions of art, and the social context of making and sharing art as interpreted by teenagers. Dr. Henley continues to pursue academic research, examining social motivations of arts engagement, attribution theories of achievement in the visual arts, philosophical challenges in museum settings, and qualitative research methods.
When not working, Andrew enjoys computer gaming, playing terrible covers on guitar or piano, and drawing. During Saturdays in the fall, he wears and bleeds burnt orange and navy, while screaming “War Eagle!” as his Auburn Tigers never yield.