Michelle Kraft retired as Professor of Art in 2017, having taught at Lubbock Christian University since 1994. She served as Assistant Dean of the Hancock College of Liberal Arts & Education from 2008-2017, and she was Chair of the Department of Communication & Fine Arts from 2001-2005. Prior to her tenure at LCU, Kraft taught art at Dunbar High School (and later, Dunbar Junior High School) in the Lubbock Independent School District. Currently, Dr. Kraft serves part-time as On-site director for LCU’s Study Abroad program in Ávila, Spain, and as a Lecturer in the areas of art history and art pedagogy.
Dr. Kraft’s research interests include disability studies and art education and the intersections of art theory and practice. She has authored and co-authored over 30 scholarly articles and book chapters, as well as a co-authored book, Including Difference: A Communitarian Approach to Art Education in the Least Restrictive Environment (with Dr. Karen Keifer-Boyd). Michelle served as a visual arts reviewer on the John F. Kennedy Center’s Office of VSA/Accessibility’s National Coalition for Core Arts Standards. She is a recipient of the Lubbock YWCA’s Women of Excellence Award for Fine Arts, and LCU’s L.R. Wilson Teaching Award and Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year Award. She is married to Albert Kraft, who retired as Lieutenant from City of Lubbock Fire Rescue in 2017. Michelle and Albert attend church at the Broadway church of Christ. Michelle enjoys cooking, reading, and writing, as well as traveling and hiking with Albert.
“Inclusion Matters: Are You Sure You Belong Here?” (2020). With Karen Keifer-Boyd & Alice Wexler, in Contemporary Art and Disability Studies (Alice Wexler & John Derby, Eds.). New York: Routledge.
“Wired Differently: Kelly J. Reyna and the Intricacies of Communication.” (September 2020). Glasstire: Texas Visual Arts. Available Online at: https://glasstire.com/author/michelle-kraft/