My journey as an artist began at birth. I have always loved art as a child and knew I was going to be an artist when I became an adult. Art has saved my life mentally, spiritually, and physically. Art is how I breathe.
Indira Bailey, Ph.D. is an artist, educator, scholar, and researcher. The 2021 recipient of the National Art Education Association Elliot Eisner Doctoral Award. She holds a Ph.D. in Art Education and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies dual degree program at Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA. Her research interests include diversity, equity, and inclusion in art education K-12 curriculum development, feminist art education, the underrepresentation of Black women and women of color artists and art educators, and social justice. Dr. Bailey has a B.F.A., from Pratt Institute in Communication Design (Illustration) from Brooklyn, NY, and a Masters in Educational Leadership and Supervision from Kean University, Union, NJ.
Dr. Bailey has taught K-12 art education, community outreach programs, restorative justice prison art, adult education, and undergraduates. She holds three educational licenses New Jersey Teacher of Visual Art, New Jersey Teacher of Art, and New Jersey State Supervisor. Dr. Bailey has received Fulbright Hayes Fellowships, artist residency, and national teacher fellowships.
Inspired by artists, Ernie Barnes and Norman Rockwell, I love telling stories through paintings and drawings. I use my art to document daily life scenes of unrepresented communities. My passion for art lies in the faces of people. I want to illustrate the soul in their eyes.My first love is oil paint. I enjoy the fluidity, vibrant, and movement of oils. Oils have been patient with me and I with her. I also use graphite pencils, but lately I am using watercolors. I feared watercolors and often avoided them. On an artist residency in Portobelo, Panama, I brought my watercolors to sketch, and I was introduced to a new love. I still enjoy oil painting, but know I realized the multiple mediums I can use that bring me joy.