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James L. Tucker,, American artist, educator. Named Maryland State Administrator of Year, State Employees Association, 1986; recipient State of Maryland Performance award, Maryland State Employee's Conference, 1986, Outstanding Service award, Maryland Council for Dance, 2002, Certified Achievement, Maryland State Board Education, 2003, Nina Wood Collier Arts Champion award, Young Audiences Maryland.


Tucker,, James L. was born on March 28, 1944 in New Eagle, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of James Louis Tucker Senior and Gueraldine Esther (Johnson) Sawyer.


Master of Arts, Temple University, 1967. Bachelor of Fine Arts, Temple University, 1966. Postgraduate, George Washington University, 1977—1979.

Postgraduate, George Washington University, 1982—1986.


Art instructor continuing education Germantown High School, Philadelphia, 1968—1969. Chairman art department Woodrow Wilson High School, Washington, 1969—1970. Art specialist Gallaudet College, 1970—1977.

From specialist in the arts to chief arts and humanities program Maryland State Department Education, Baltimore, 1979—2003, coordinator fine arts, since 2003. Art instructor Pastorius Elementary School, Philadelphia, 1966—1969, Emlen Elementary School, Philadelphia, 1966—1969. Steering committee Art Education in Maryland Schools Alliance, since 1992.

Adjunct instructor Maryland Institute College Art, George Washington University. Team leader Brazilian curriculum project Partners of the Americas, 1984—1986. Arts assessment standing committee National Assessment Educational Progress, 1996—1997.

Consultant, presenter in field.


  • Other Work

    • Editor: Better Fine Arts Education, 4 vols., 2004.


Co-director Kenya-Tanzania project Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad, 1989, co-director Ghana-Senegal project, 1993, co-dir.Namibia project, 1995. Education committee Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, 1995—2004. Advisory Center for Very Special Arts Arts Maryland, 1980—2002, board directors, since 2002, Maryland Alliance for Arts Education, Baltimore, 1980—2002, executive secretary-treasurer, 1980—1986.

Board directors Maryland Artist Equity Foundation, 1992—2004, vice president, 2002—2004. Fellow: National Art Education Association (review panel Art Education 1995-1997, chairman national convention Miami Beach 2002, convention task force 2002, J. Eugene Grigsby award 1984, Maryland Art Educator award 1987, Eastern Supervision/administration Art Educator of Year 1994, Eastern Region Art Educator of Year 1995, National Supervision/administration Art Educator of Year 1997, Distinguished Service award 2003). Member: Music Educators National Conference, National Association State Directors Art Education (president), National Council State Arts Education Consultant (founding member, president 1995-1997), Maryland Music Educators Association (executive board directors, Corwin Taylor award 1997, Hall of Fame 2008), Maryland Art Education Association (department education representative 1980-1982, director supervision/administration division 1982-1986, vice president programs 1986-1988, president-elect 1990-1992, president 1992-1994, awards coordinator 1994-1996, parliamentarian 1996—2000, historian since 2000, officer).


  • Other Interests

    Painting, reading, cooking, travel.


James Louis Tucker Senior Sawyer

Gueraldine Esther (Johnson) Sawyer