Dr. Graziano is a Professor of Art Education in the Department of STEAM Education, College of Education. She holds an Ed.D. in Art and Art Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Dr. Graziano’s thesis exhibition, “Twelve Torsos: A narrative of the female form” focused on the feminine identity in sculptural form. Her undergraduate degree is from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, IL where she received a BS in Life Sciences and a minor in Art.
Dr. Graziano holds a New Jersey certificate as a Teacher of Visual Art K-12 and taught Visual Art for grades K-8 before coming to Rowan University in 1999. Her research interests include transformative practices through contemporary arts and arts integration. She is an active presenter and lecturer at state and national Art Education conferences. In 2010 she was honored with AENJ’s Anthony Guadadiello Service Award. In 2015, 2018, and 2021 Dr. Graziano received the Art Educators of NJ (AENJ) Distinguished Achievement Award for Outstanding Leadership, Dedication, and Service to Art Education in New Jersey; and in 2022 she received the National Art Education Association New Jersey Art Educator Award.
Dr. Graziano served as AENJ’s Conference Chair in 2015 and 2016 and was AENJ’s President from 2015 to 2018. She continues to be a member of AENJ’s Board of Directors as a Past-President and Historian. She is also a watercolorist, and avid landscape photographer finding inspiration from hiking the U.S. National Parks, Europe, and Southeast Asia.