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Dr. Billie Sessions is Prof. Emeritus of Art at California State University, San Bernardino where she taught art education, ceramics and drawing. Her degrees include a BFA and MEd from Utah State University, and a PhD in Art Education from Pennsylvania State University. She began teaching high school art and ceramics in southwestern Wyoming, and was the National Art Education Association (NAEA) 1994 High School Art Teacher of the Year for the Pacific Region. Sessions is a recipient of a Fulbright, NEA, NEH, and Getty grants. As an active member of the NAEA, Sessions formerly served as national Vice President for the Pacific Region. Her research concentrates on historic and contemporary ceramic art education. After years of research on the life and work of Bauhaus Master Potter Marguerite Wildenhain, Sessions’ work culminated in a catalog and traveling exhibition from California, to Utah State University and Alfred University (NY). She was Project Director and an author for the 2011 exhibition and book—Common Ground: Ceramics in Southern California 1945- 1975; also authoring a chapter about the history of university ceramics in southern California. Sessions has presented her research and standards-based ceramics education at many national and state art education and NCECA conferences, authored numerous articles for ceramic and art education journals, book chapters on ceramics education, and co-authored a text on art education, with a dedicated chapter on ceramics education. She has co-curated two exhibitions at the American Museum of Ceramic Art (AMOCA) in Pomona, CA. Sessions has stepped down as a Founding Trustee for the National K-12 Ceramic Foundation Exhibition. Since her retirement in 2008, she works in her ceramics studio . . . . when her car is on the driveway!