Title: Founder and Managing Member
Company: Quail Creek Editions
Location: Norman, Oklahoma, United States
Andrew Phelan, Founder and Managing Member of Quail Creek Editions, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in education and writing.
Dr. Phelan was inspired by his parents – his father was a potter who was a founding potter at the School of American Craftsman in 1944 and his mother was a writer who wrote poetry, short stories and later on histories. Both of his parents eventually became teachers which inspired his own career in academia. With a career spanning more than four decades, Dr. Phelan started as an art teacher at the Alfred Almond Central School in 1967 and then joined the faculty at the Pratt Institute, where he eventually became Dean of Academy Affairs in 1987. In 1990, he became an advisor of the Tokyo International College of Business before joining the University of Oklahoma as a professor and director of the School of Art. He remained at this institution until retiring as director emeritus in 2006.
Inspired by his parents, Dr. Phelan first earned a Bachelor of Science from the Pratt Institute in 1965. He continued at the institution to receive a MFA in 1969 and later earned a PhD from New York University in 1986. In addition to his roles as an educator and academic administrator, Dr. Phelan served as a consultant for the United States from 1991 to 1992 and is a founding and managing member of Quail Creek Editions, which was launched in 2008. He has authored and edited more than a dozen books and curated more than a dozen exhibitions. Furthermore, Dr. Phelan served in the military and is a Vietnam Veteran of the 101st Airborne Division. He was awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart among other accolades for his service.
Dr. Phelan has previously served on the board of directors for the art lab and art school at Snug Harbor and was a chairperson of the jury subcommittee for the New York Vietnam Veterans Memorial Commission. He maintained professional affiliation with the College Art Association and the National Art Education Association. Dr. Phelan has been featured in Who’s Who in American Education and Who’s Who in the East.
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