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Dr. Justin Makemson

Justin Makemson

Assistant Professor: Art Education

"Dominant among the principles supporting the vitality of the arts seems to me that art possesses certain characteristics not replaceable by other activities of the human mind." 
-Rudolf Arnheim (1992)

Justin Makemson joined the Belmont teaching community in 2011 from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. Prior to engaging a career in higher education, Justin taught art and psychology for eleven years in the public school systems of Indiana and Missouri, and worked six years with the Achievers community-based arts enrichment program through William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri.

Justin is Belmont’s art education program coordinator: In addition to teaching the department’s undergraduate and graduate-level (Masters of Art in Teaching) art education courses, Justin teaches Introduction to Visual Interpretation, the Art Experience, Art for the Educator, and coordinates/supervises the program’s multiple field experiences. Justin is the current faculty supervisor of Belmont’s student chapter of the National Art Education Association, and serves in leadership positions with the Tennessee Art Education Association and Tennessee Association of Craft Artists.

Justin is an active member in the local, regional, and national research and advocacy communities, and regularly presents his research at state and national conferences. Justin’s dissertation research was titled Seven Portraits of Artistic Self: A Qualitative Examination of Self in the Reflexive Narratives and Artwork Portfolios of Postsecondary Art Students, and explored the implications of selective artistic self-identification for appropriate practices and art education pedagogy. Additional research interests include neuroaesthetics, GIS (geographic information systems) and augmented reality technologies, and empathy theory.

As an artist, Justin is by training a printmaker and oil painter- however through teaching he has discovered a passion for numerous other forms and media, namely ceramics, stained glass, sculpture, and graphic design. He is also an avid card and board game designer. Please review Justin professional online portfolio here.


  • PhD Curriculum & Instruction Art Education (Bloomington, IN)
  • MS Art Education, Indiana University (Bloomington, IN)
  • BA Fine Arts, William Jewell College (Liberty, MO)