Dr. Gilbert Clark (February 23, 1928-October 23, 2018)


It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Dr. Gilbert Clark, a long-time member of InSEA and USSEA, and a contributor to the work of InSEA through presentations at Congresses, as co-editor of the InSEA Newsletter during the 1990s, and through collaborative work with InSEA colleagues and art education researchers around the world.

Gil lived a life of many accomplishments and adventures. He was a pioneer of the Discipline-Based Art Education (DBAE) movement and a beloved professor and mentor whose students were inspired to also become leaders in the field of Art Education. As Professor of Art Education and Gifted/Talented Education at the School of Education, Indiana University, he investigated art curriculum theory and development, child development in art, art test development, and assessment of learning in art and gifted education. He developed several highly respected curriculum programs and authored numerous articles, monographs, and books about art and gifted/talented education. He is author of Clark’s Drawing Abilities Test that currently is used in the US and abroad, and for a decade he co-directed the IU Artistically Talented Program for gifted students from underserved, rural, ethnically diverse, and economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

Gil was a passionate and dedicated educator with a perpetual twinkle in his eye and a gift for listening. Following his retirement from Indiana University Gil continued to lecture, teach workshops, and conduct seminars throughout the United States, East Asia, and other parts of the world. Known for his gentle disposition – a quiet counterpart to his gregarious wife Dr. Enid Zimmerman, with whom he enjoyed travelling, visiting friends and colleagues, and exploring the world.  He loved to spend time reading, attending performing arts and film events, and caring for his garden. He was a Master Gardener and in his later years he preferred to be known and appreciated as much for his gardening as for his illustrious academic career. When friends, colleagues or former students came to visit, he would walk them along the hillside by his home, calling attention to each new seedling or flower. He was a kind and caring man - a gentleman in every sense. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him. 

Those who wish to honor his memory with a contribution to The Gilbert Clark Professional Development Award for Art Education please contact the School of Education Development and Alumni Relations Office at 877-856-8005.


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