Patricia A. Sheahan, Ed.D.
About Dr. Sheahan:
As a child living in Europe with her career-Army family, Patricia Sheahan discovered the "artful life" she integrated to a career in education. Dr. Sheahan is well versed in combining artistic passions and professional pursuits. Her career in education and her role as an artist go hand in hand. While teaching in local elementary schools and later serving as a school principal, Dr. Sheahan brought her experiences and passion for the visual arts into the classroom and K- 8 school environment.
During 25 years as a principal, Dr. Sheahan filled her school with art and led an $11 million addition project that incorporated permanent art installations throughout the building. Accepting another educational position as a Duquesne University professor, she ramped up her role as both instructional leader an artist educator. The Gaultier Teaching Fellow was awarded to Dr. Sheahan in 2015 -2016 for her work in designing a curriculum that integrated social justice issues of loss, grief, and trauma of school aged children, community engaged project with Highmark The Caring Place and integration of the arts throughout the course.
Dr. Sheahan devotes a considerable amount of time to Pittsburgh arts organizations, and Pittsburgh's educational scene. She worked with fellow AAP artists, the Pittsburgh Board of Public Education and the Pittsburgh Gifted Center in a project for middle school students developing an art history curriculum connecting the visual arts with archival research and helping young art ambassadors fully appreciate the significance of art in their lives.
Dr. Sheahan says everyday she finds inspiration in the way Pittsburgh nurtures emerging artists through dance, music, writing, theatre and the visual arts. She believes, "Pittsburgh is the only city where an artist can afford to live on more than bread alone!", noting that this explains in part the wealth of artistic talent found in the region. And because Pittsburgh nurtures its artists, she says, they can in turn nurture a love of art in the next generation, a big plus for the region.
Areas of Expertise:Education and Arts Integration, Engaged Community Partnerships, Public Relations