Kathe Hicks Albrecht

Title: Special Faculty
Company: Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts
Location: La Jolla, California, United States

Kathe Albrecht, Special Faculty at the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of art education.

Dedicated to teaching others about art history, philosophy, aesthetics, and visual resources, Dr. Albrecht has worked as a special faculty member for the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts since 2017, the same year she earned a Doctor of Philosophy in philosophy and aesthetics. Never tiring of her work, Dr. Albrecht delights in teaching others about art and philosophy. In preparation for her exciting career, Dr. Albrecht earned a Bachelor of Arts in art history from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1975 and a Master of Arts in art history from American University in 1989. Her doctorate is from the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts (2017). A dedicated educator, collaborator and someone who has positively impacted the next generation of students, Dr. Albrecht plans on continuing her work within the arts and humanities as well as teaching at the graduate level.

Previous positions Dr. Albrecht has held include art history instructor for Northern Virginia Community College, board member for the VRA Foundation, co-chair for the Visual Resources Association’s Summer Educational Institute, president, and board member for the Visual Resources Association and visual resources curator for the American University of Washington, DC from 1991 to 2014. A continuous learner fascinated with the arts and humanities, Dr. Albrecht has been a member of numerous organizations, currently holding a position on the National Advisory Board of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and serving as a long-term member of the Visual Resources Association, the Southeastern College Art Conference, the American Alliance of Museums, and the College Art Association.

Dr. Albrecht was involved as a leader in the analog to digital transition in the visual resources management field, considering this a particularly exciting period in her career. She was recently featured in Sharon Hadary’s book “How Women Lead” in recognition of her outstanding leadership and as a pioneer of her field.  Further career accomplishments include serving as co-coordinator of the Museum Educational Site Licensing Project at American University, a national initiative of the Getty Research Institute (1994-1997) and as a member of the Conference on Fair Use for the Department of Commerce. Dr. Albrecht has also lent her time as a Visual Resources Association representative to the Digital Future Coalition and as a member of the National Initiative for a Networked Cultural Heritage. She acknowledges important mentors Norma Broude and Mary Garrard from American University as well as visual resources curators Christina Updike from James Madison University and Christine Sundt. She is thankful for their guidance, encouragement, and depth of knowledge imparted to her throughout her career.

Dr. Albrecht’s early influences also include her mother, Mafalda Brasile Hicks, an artist who originally inspired Dr. Albrecht’s interest in art, and her father, Richard Brian Hicks, a psychoanalyst who contributed to her intellectual fascination and her open-mindedness to other’s viewpoints. She is thankful for her parents’ influence in her life, the support of her husband Mark J. Albrecht, and her children, and is pleased that her education in art, art history, and philosophy has led her to many exciting opportunities in academia. Interested in helping young people create their own educational paths, she has cited her own optimism and ability to work well with others as factors that have enabled her to progress in her field. Dr. Albrecht has learned that hard work and perseverance can help anyone achieve goals, no matter how impossible the goals may seem. In recognition of her success, she received the Distinguished Service Award from the Visual Resources Association in 2012 and has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards over the years from American University. Furthermore, Dr. Albrecht has been presented The Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award and has been featured in multiple editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World and Who’s Who of American Women.

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