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Mary Anne Zahner, American Art educator. Certified teacher, Ohio. Recipient Best of Show award Canton The Art Institute of Chicago, 1969, Institute Faculty award The Ohio Partnership for the Visual Arts, 1989.


Zahner, Mary Anne was born on March 30, 1938 in Dover, Ohio, United States. Daughter of Alfred James and Anna Elizabeth (Stewart) Riggle.


Bachelor of Fine Arts, Ohio University, 1960. Master of Arts, Ohio University, 1969. Doctor of Philosophy, Ohio State University, 1987.


Instructor art, Springfield Township Schools, Akron, Ohio., 1960-1961;instructor art, Logan (Ohio) High School, 1961-1962;instructor art, Dover High School, 1967-1968;chair art department, Dover High School, 1969-1971;teaching assistant, Ohio State University, Columbus, 1980-1982;from instructor art education to assistant professor, U. Dayton, 1971-1980;assistant professor, U. Dayton, 1982-1991;associate professor, U. Dayton, since 1991. Member of faculty rights, governance and service committee U. Dayton, 1992-1993, member arts series committee, since 1995. Member higher education steering committee Ohio Department Education, 1995, member of advisory committee, member teacher preparation programs, 1997.

Member Executive Board Western Regional Professional Development Center, since 1996. Reviewer Harcourt, Brace, 1993-1998, Prentice Hall Inc., 1996-1997.


  • Certified teacher, Ohio.


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  • Other Work

    • Author: Barkan, 2003. Contributor chapters to books. Exhibited in group shows at Westbeth Gallery, New York, 1995, exhibitions include University Council for Art Education, Pleiades Gallery Contemporary Art, 2006, Pleiades Gallery Contemporary Art, New York, 2006-2007, 2009.


Secretary Kettering (Ohio) Arts Council, 1990, member, 1988-1993. Member discretionary support committee Miami Valley Arts Council, Dayton, 1992. Coordinator 3d congressional art contest sponsored by Tony P. Hall, Dayton, 1993, 94, 95.

Member-at-large education committee Culture Works: The Arts and Culture Alliance of the Miami Valley, since 1996. Member Executive Board Western Regional Professional Development Center, since 1996. Fellow Ohio Art Education Association (member editorial board Ohio Art Education Journal since 1986, editor newsletter Artline 1988, workshop coordinator 1992, 97, consultant teacher in-service for Dayton Public Schools 1995, Outstanding Art Teacher western district 1992, 96).

Member ASCD, National Art Education Association, Association Teacher Educators, Ohio Alliance for Arts Education, University Council for Art Education, Phi Delta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Delta Kappa Gamma.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: music, theater, physical fitness.


Married Gordon Dean Zahner, August 27, 1960 (deceased March 1967). 1 child Anne Colette Krach. Married John Charles Opalek, August 21, 1982.

Alfred James Riggle

Anna Elizabeth (Stewart) Riggle

Gordon Dean Zahner

John Charles Opalek

Anne Colette Krach Zahner