Virgilyn Schaetzel Driscoll
Art Educator/Artist/Arts Director & Consultant/Arts Advocate
Virgilyn Driscoll received a BS in Art Education, Wisconsin State College, Milwaukee, an MS in Art at UW Milwaukee plus 30 credits post graduate courses in art and art education workshops and colleges. She taught art for 38 years: 4 years elementary, 8 years as elementary art supervisor (part time basis) and 26 years at the secondary level. She started the first elementary art program in the Elmbrook Schools, and supervised and wrote the first art curriculum for the district. She taught art at Greendale HS and served as department chair. She implemented the Advanced Placement Course in Art and the National Art Honor Society programs in the school. She served as host to students on 3 European trips and regularly took her students to major shows in the US. After that she became executive director of Wisconsin Alliance for Arts Education for 6 years concentrating on national brain research and arts education.
Driscoll has been active in Wisconsin Art Education Association serving on many committees, task forces and programs, developing and chairing many over the years. To highlight some: she served as President of Wisconsin Art Education Association (WAEA) for two consecutive 2 year terms, and following that as President of Wisconsin Alliance for Arts Education for one 2 year term. She became the National Art Education Association (NAEA) Secondary Division Director, Secondary and Middle School Division, and served on the Executive Committee of the NAEA as well as being a delegate to the NAEA Delegate Assembly. She developed the 1990-91 NAEA Year of Secondary Art Education with the first Pre-conference and wrote the Secondary Division Handbook for the event. She served on various NAEA committees, chairing the NAEA Advanced Placement and Policy Manual committees.
Driscoll served on three state art curriculum guides task forces as well as the State Integrated Curriculum Guide and the steering committee of the Wisconsin Arts in Schools Basic Education Grant She chaired the Wisconsin Challenging Content Standards in the Arts - Dance, Music, Theater and Visual Arts; developed and facilitated the State Superintendentâ€™s Blue Ribbon Commission on Arts Education: and co-founded and directed the Champions for Arts Education, Business and Community Leaders. (2000 â€“ 2008).
Driscoll also developed and chaired the WAEA Visioneer Design Challenge, the Visual Arts Classic Student Art Program, and WAEA/Wisconsin School Board Student Art Exhibitions. In 1994, she was invited to Germany as guest speaker to present the Arts PROPEL program to the US Army European Department of Defense Art Educators Conference.
Driscoll co-chaired the development of THE Fine Art Gallery in the Marshall Building, Third Ward, Milwaukee. She worked with numerous artists in running the gallery and exhibited the art of these and other noted artists for 6 years.
Driscoll continues to paint and draw exhibiting her work in regional, state and national shows. She has a studio in her home.
Her passion for the arts and the power of the arts in the lives of all people is important to her, stating that art education is vital to human development and should be a required subject for all students K-12.