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Once honored as the Missouri Higher Education Art Educator of the Year by the Missouri Art Education Association, Neva Wood was instrumental in the education of students in the Department of Art and Design. She retired from full-time teaching Aug. 31, 2009.
Wood came to the university in 1993 as an assistant professor, and spent her first five years teaching and as a field supervisor for art education majors. Through promotions, she became an associate professor in 1997, then professor in 2001. In addition to her work in the classroom, she served as chair of the art department, 1999-2006, and chaired the department’s National Association for Schools of Art and Design Accreditation Committee, 2006-2007.
The longtime art educator taught Watercolor and Advanced Watercolor courses, in addition to classes such as Drawing, Design, Painting I-III, and Ideas in the Visual Arts.
She has shared her work through exhibits or lectures. This includes Missouri locations such as Union Station in Kansas City, North Central State University in Trenton, Culver Stockton College in Canton, and the Art Impressions Gallery in Sedalia. Her work has been seen nationally in cities such as Los Angeles, Muncie, IN, and Omaha, NE. During the 2009 spring, an introspective series of her work in paintings and fibers, which examined the relationships of mother, sister, daughter, aunt, and daughters-in-law, was displayed at the UCM Gallery of Art and Design.
A UCM alumna, Wood earned a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree from Central Missouri. She also earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia.