Jody Boyer is a visual artist and arts educator originally from Portland, Oregon. In her studio practice she explores the broad interdisciplinary possibilities of traditional and new media with specific interests in personal and historic memory, cinema, landscape, the natural world and a sense of place. She received her B.A. in Studio Arts from Reed College, her M.A. in Intermedia and Video Art from the University of Iowa, and her K-12 teaching certificate at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Her artwork has been shown in over 65 exhibitions across the country, including at the Des Moines Art Center, Urban Culture Project in Kansas City and the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts. She has taught in a variety of P-16 environments including Universities, public schools and community nonprofits throughout the Midwest. She currently teaches studio art courses at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and visual arts at Norris Middle School. In 2014 she received the nationally selected Caucus of Social Theory in Art Education’s Social Theory-in-Practice Award for K-12 Art teachers, which recognizes and honors a teacher who utilizes social theory in classroom pedagogy. Most recently she was selected the 2016 Nebraska Outstanding Art Educator of the Year by the Nebraska Art Teachers Association.