A collection of art education materials representing the evolution of art education in America, compiled by Massachusetts
professor Diana Korzenik, and
composed of instructional materials
(e.g. art instruction manuals, art reproductions, drawing books, drawing cards, painting books, penmanship books, etc.), objects
(e.g. boxed painting sets, drawing slates,
models, drawing desks, colored pencils, crayons, paint, etc.) and non-instructional materials (e.g. promotional materials,
scrapbooks, coursework by Korzenik's students, catalogs, etc.)
A native of Brooklyn, New York, Diana Korzenik (born 1941) attended Vassar College and then transferred to Oberlin College,
where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in art history. After studying art history at Columbia University,
she taught in Harlem for five years before entering the Harvard Graduate School of Education to study under Rudolf Arnheim.
In 1972 Korzenik received her EdD from Harvard, and began teaching at the Massachusetts College of Art in
Boston shortly thereafter. In Boston she began the flea market visits that started her collection of art education books
and ephemera. She went on to serve as professor and chairperson of the
Art Education Department at
Massachusetts College of Art for many years, as well as course instructor at Harvard University. Publications include Drawn to Art: A Nineteenth-Century American Dream (1985), Art Making and Education
(with Maurice Brown, 1993), Objects of American Art Education: Highlights from the Diana Korzenik Collection (2004), and “The Myth of the Self Taught” in
Grandma Moses : American Modern (2016), as well as several other books and articles.
approximately 700 items in 112 boxes
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