Anita E Bates

Anita E Bates
Lecturer, Program Coordinator-Visual Arts Education

163.6 Art Bldg.

Office Hours:

Monday and Tuesday--3-4:30; Thursday--3-5:30



PhD. Candidate-- Curriculum and Instruction /Art Education major--Wayne State University

 Master of Fine Arts--Painting--Wayne State University

Master of Arts--Studio--Eastern Michigan University

K-12 Certification-Art Education--Wayne State University


 Contemporary artist, Anita Bates has been exhibited in several venues including the G.R. N’Namdi Gallery,  Ashara Ekundayo Gallery in Oakland, CA, Dell Pryor Gallery, Detroit Artists Market,  River’s Edge Gallery in Wyandotte, Michigan, and A Gathering of the Tribes Gallery in New York, NY. Her work was also featured at the 2013 Venice Biennale as part of the Luciano Benetton Collection. 
The artist and her work have been noted and reviewed in various publications and periodicals such as, Detroit Home Magazine, Imago Mundi: The Luciano Benetton Collection, BLAC Magazine, Trait Magazine, and the Detroit News and Free Press. 
Ms. Bates holds an MFA in painting and an MA in studio art and is a 2019 Kesge Arts Fellow in painting.  Both an artist and educator, Anita was the recipient of a  Fulbright Memorial Fellowship in Japanese Education and has over  20 years of teaching experience in both, k-12 and post-secondary education.


Teach and develop Art Education undergraduate and graduate courses, and in-service initiatives for PK-12 educators.
Serve as program coordinator of Art Education, and lead the innovation, continuous improvement, and assessment of the program.
Advise, mentor, and help recruit and retain undergraduate and graduate students.
Recruit, retain, and evaluate part-time faculty teaching and coaching in Art Education.


Academic Interests

 Visual Arts Education

Area Of Expertise

 Fine Art; drawing and painting

Research Interests

Using Visual Thinking Strategies in concert with museum collections as a way of supporting culturally respnsive pedagogy.

Courses Taught

 Fall 2019

AED 5020  Methods and Materials of Painting

AED 5160  Theory and Practice in Visual Arts Education

Community Engagement Activities

 2011 Highland Park Planning Commission


2019 Kresge Arts Fellow in Fine Art

2019 Scholastic Arts Gold Medal Teacher

King Chavez Parks Future Faculty Fellow

Fulbright Memorial Fellow--Japan

Vermont Studio Artist Residency


 2019 Kresge Arts Fellow in Fine Art

King Chavez Parks Future Faculty Fellow

Fulbright Memorial Fellow--Japan


Panel Moderator, Trailblazers; Detroit Institute of Arts—2019

Artist Panelist; Detroit Institute of Arts—2018 




2018   Detroit Home Magazine  

2013   Imago Mundi:  Luciano Benetton Collection

2013   Michigan Nightlight

2013   Model D

2013   Romeo Observer

2012   Design Line

2010   BLAC Magazine

2007   Detroit Free Press

2004   Metro Times

2003   Michigan Catholic

2003   Detroit Free Press

2000   Write, Right, Rite

1999   Trait Magazine

1997   Detroit News

1997   Directory of Michigan Artists

1997   Ann Arbor News

1997   Detroit News

1996   Detroit Free Press