Nicholas Scott Kyle

Nicholas Scott Kyle

Title: Associate Professor, Chair
Company: Art Department, Missouri Southern State University
Location: Carthage, Missouri, United States

Nicholas Scott Kyle, Associate Professor and Chair of the Art Department at Missouri Southern State University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in art education.

Mr. Kyle has always harbored a passion for art. He loved making things with his hands as a child, and knew he wanted to pursue the field further. It wasn’t until college that Mr. Kyle considered channeling his talents into education. At the suggestion of his college professors, he gave it a try and found that he liked teaching as much as art. It was the best of both worlds: he was able to make art while working with people and guiding their creative journeys. Mr. Kyle’s first position in the field was art instructor at South Junior High School in Missouri. He then served in roles like art instructor and chair of the practical arts department at Western Oaks Junior High School, art instructor at Putnam City West High School, art instructor and chair of the fine arts department at Putnam City High School, adjunct instructor at Oklahoma City Community College, and associate professor of art and chair of the art department at Missouri Southern State University. He retired in 2008.  He served in the U.S. Navy from 1967-72.

Outside of the classroom, Mr. Kyle exhibited his work in 35 solo shows and in over 60 group exhibitions across the country. Some notable solo show locations include Three Rivers Community College, the Kirkpatrick Museum Complex, the John Porter Gallery, Labette Community College, the Ascencio Design Gallery, Spiva Center for the Arts, Mullsjo Folkhogskola, Sweden, Jann Jeffrey Gallery, and the Locus Gallery. He is represented in the permanent collections of Nestle Purina Corp., the Oklahoma State Art Collection, the Mabee-Gerrer Museum Art, the Kirkpatrick Center Museum, Spiva Center for the Arts, and the Tinnin Museum at Three Rivers Community College. Other creative endeavors include working on PBS’ “Can Johnny Think,” serving as the President of the Board and Governing Board member at George A. Spiva Center for the Arts Regional Museum, and being a founding board member, treasurer, and vice president of the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, among others.  He has been honored to serve as juror for numerous state and regional art exhibitions in Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri.  Exhibits include Young Talent in Oklahoma, Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, Individual Artists of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Watercolor Association, Art Festival Oklahoma, Parsons Art Festival, MOAK Four State Exhibit at the Springfield Museum of Art, St. Louis Watercolor Association, and the 2017 Joplin Art Festival. Mr. Kyle currently serves on the Board of the Post Art Foundation, as Past President of the board of Pro Musica Joplin, and as a member of the Exhibits Committee for the Spiva Center for the Arts.

Over the years, Mr. Kyle received numerous accolades for his hard work and dedication. He won the Governor’s Art Award from the Oklahoma State Arts Council, the Medal of Excellence in Teaching from the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, and an Award of Excellence from Mayor Ron Norick and the Oklahoma City Council, an Award of Excellence from the Oklahoma Education Association in 1992, and was named the Oklahoma Art Educator of the Year by the Oklahoma Art Education Association and the National Art Education Association in 1991. Mr. Kyle was also honored as the 1991 National Visual Art Teacher of the Year by the Disney American Teacher Awards, the Oklahoma County Teacher of the Year by the Oklahoma State Department of Education, the Teacher of the Year by the Putnam City School District and the Oklahoma Education Association, among others. He was awarded a grant in 1988-90 from the National Endowment for the Arts and the U.S. Department of Education through the National Arts Education Research Center at New York University.  His achievements were highlighted in three volumes of Who’s Who in America.

To prepare for his endeavors, Mr. Kyle earned a Master of Arts from Purdue University in 1971 and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Central Oklahoma in 1965. He also became certified in K-12 Art Education in Oklahoma.

Mr. Kyle ensured he remained up to date on all the happenings in his profession by joining prominent organizations like the American Association of University Professors, the College Art Association, the National Education Association, the Oklahoma Education Association, the Missouri Art Education Association, and the National Art Education Association.

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