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.






The Governor’s Awards in Arts Education began in 1980 to promote awareness and appreciation of the arts, recognizing the creativity, talent and leadership of the award winners. Each year, awards are presented to approximately 20 educators and 80 students. National and statewide organizations select the students for their exemplary work in creative writing, speech, dance, music, theatre and visual arts and the leaders for their exceptional commitment and contribution to arts education. The program also recognizes arts educators and arts education advocates, whose leadership has helped nurture the development of students in the arts across the state.

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The Governor’s Awards event is a partnership of the Arts Ed NJ, the Department of Education, Art Pride New Jersey Foundation, the Department of State and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Additional support is provided by: the Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics; Art Educators of New Jersey; Art Administrators of New Jersey; Dance New Jersey; New Jersey Council of Teachers of English; New Jersey Speech and Debate League; New Jersey Music Educators Association; New Jersey Performing Arts Center; Writer's Theatre of New Jersey; Speech and Theatre Association of New Jersey; New Jersey Thespians and Young Audiences of New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania. The cooperating organizations, award sponsors and individual members of the planning council dedicate their time to make sure that excellence in the arts is rewarded, and work tirelessly throughout the year to plan this special event. The Governor's Awards in Arts Education ceremony are a major collaborative effort of the arts, education and state government.