Anita Bates PhD (ad8045)

University information

Title: Assistant Professor-Teaching
Unit: Teacher Education
Department: College of Education

Contact information

Wayne State University 163.6 Community Arts Bldg College of Education Wayne
Detroit, 48202

College of Education

Phone: 313-577-0490
Degrees and Certifications:

PhD.-Education--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

  • Teaching and development of  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 MEd 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.
  • Serve as curriculum instructional coach for student teachers in the Visual Art Education program.


Title: Assistant Professor of Teaching and Coordinator of Visual Arts Education; Curriculum Instructional Coach
Academic Interests:

 Visual Arts Education

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Office Hours:

Office Hours:

Monday and Tuesday 3:00-4:30; Thursday 3:00-5:30


 Dr. Anita Bates is a native of Highland Park, Michigan and a 2019 Kresge Arts Fellow. She is an educator and noted contemporary artist, who has exhibited in several venues including the G.R. N’Namdi Gallery; Dell Pryor Gallery; Detroit Artists Market; The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, River’s Edge Gallery in Wyandotte, Michigan; Querini Stampalia Museum in Venice, Italy; A Gathering of the Tribes Gallery in New York, NY and the Trout Museum of Art in Appleton, Wisconsin.
The artist and her work have been noted and reviewed in various periodicals and publications such as the Detroit News and Free Press, the Romeo Observer, Art News, BLAC Magazine, Imago Mundi: The Luciano Benetton Collection and Detroit Home Magazine.
Anita is a Fulbright Memorial Fellow in Japanese education and King Chavez Parks Future Faculty Fellow. She holds a PhD in education, an M.F.A. in painting and k-12 teaching certificate from Wayne State University. She also received her MA in studio art from Eastern Michigan University.
Dr. Bates began her k-12 educational career 24 years ago at University Public School, the first charter school in the State of Michigan. She is a dedicated arts educator, whose research interests center around the ways in which museum narratives can be used to promote critical thinking regarding systems of inequity and representation. Currently, Mrs. Bates serves as an Assistant Professor of Teaching and Program Coordinator for Visual Art Education  at Wayne State University.

Office Location:

163.6 Art Bldg.

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.



2022 University Research Grant; WSU

2021 Co-Investigator, “Project MITTEN: Michigan Initiative to Transform Educational and Equity Networks” (2021-24) – National Education Association, planning grant ($675,000) | with Roland Sintos Coloma (Principal Investigator, TED), Jeff Lisiecki (Academic Services), and Annette Christiansen (Michigan Education Association)

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

Community Engagement Activities:

 2021  Board Member, Barber Preparatory Academy Highland Park, MI

2011 Highland Park Planning Commission


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

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