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Dr. Székely is a frequently invited guest speaker at national/state/province-level art education meetings in the United States and Canada. A prolific painter, he has had twenty-six one-person shows in New York and throughout the United States and Europe. His work has been reviewed in Art News, Arts, The New Yorker, The Staten Island Advance, and The Eastside Weekly. A graduate of the High School of Music and Art in New York City, The Cooper Union, Pratt Institute, and Columbia University, he has taught in the New York City public schools and at the City University of New York. Since 1978, he has been Senior Professor of Art Education at the University of Kentucky and has served as Area Head and Director of Graduate Studies.
He has published fifteen books, among the most recent From Home Art to School Art, Video Art for the Classroom, A Retrospective 1973-2003: Essays for Art Teachers, From Play to Art, The Art of Teaching Art (also published in a Chinese edition), and Encouraging Creativity in Art Lessons. Dr. Székely ’s latest art education book is called, Teaching to Support Children's Artistic Independence, published by Rutledge International. He has released a series of his art work collections in print that can be found by visiting his Blurb bookstore.