Rebecca McMillen, M.F.A., Ph.D. candidate

Instructor of Art
McDonald Hall 216

What programs do you teach in?

Traditional undergraduate courses:

  • Art Appreciation
  • History of Western Art I
  • History of Western Art II
  • Art and Religion
  • World Art
  • Exhibition & Gallery Design
  • Museum Studies
  • Modern & Contemporary Art
  • Introduction to Art Industry
  • Art Industry Entrepreneurship
  • Project in Art
  • Internship in Art

Degree completion courses:

  • Art Appreciation
  • Art Around the World


Ph.D. candidate, Art Education, University of New England, Armidale, Australia
M.A., Art Design and Education (Honors), College of FIne Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, 2010
M.A., Art Administration, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, 2001
B.A., Art History and Theory, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, 2001
B.A., Nursing, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia, 1996

Scholarly Interests

My current research focuses on art museum education, in particular, museum accessibility for people with disabilities. I am also interested in the social role of the museum in fostering social inclusion. I have written several articles on these topics in addition to co-authored articles with my husband, on topics such as the legal aspects of sport sculpture, sport celebrity portraits, and the art of sport law.

Professional and Service Experience

I have been an instructor in higher education for the past 8 years and have been the director of the art program at Fresno Pacific University for 5 years. During this time, I wrote the proposal for the new art major which has been approved and for the first time, students at FPU can now major or minor in art. Along with administering the program, I also teach a number of courses for undergraduate art students along with advising and teaching students completing the individualized masters degree in art.

I have developed and taught several online art history courses at previous universities and am currently teaching an online version of Art Appreciation for FPU degree completion students. I use web-centric platforms, such as Moodle, in my traditional undergraduate courses and I have began to teach some online courses for FPU traditional undergraduate students.

I have been a guest lecturer for FPU freshman JCC courses where I presented the topic, "Images of Christ" and discussed the changing and varied imaged of Christ through history. I was also a JCC mentor for freshman students. In addition, I have guest lectured at Azusa Pacific's Sierra Semester at Bass Lake Campus where I taught classes on art of the Baroque, Rococo and Romantic eras.

I have written several articles and presented "The Art of Sport Law" at the 2004 Sport & Recreation Law Association conference where I discussed the history of sport art. I am also currently working on completing my doctorate dissertation.

Honors and Awards

Artists and Author's Award, Bowling Green State University: recognized for outstanding achievement of research for "Artists and Athletes: Balancing the First Amendment and the Right of Publicity in Sport Celebrity Portraits," with J.D. McMillen, in Journal of Legal Aspects of Sport, Summer 2004

Professional Affiliations

  • College Art Association
  • Museum Education Roundtable
  • Program Council for Continuing Education
  • Museums Australia

Personal Experiences

During my first semester as faculty member and director of the art program, I juried the FPU Fall 2007 student art exhibit.

In the Spring of 2010, along with McClain High School staff, I helped co-ordinate the exhibition "Whispers from the Streets," an art exhibition which tells the story of homelessness. The exhibition was recognized in the local press and media for its aid in promoting homelessness awareness. This exhibition has helped build strong relations with McClain high school and other local high schools.

Other local art collaborations I have been involved with include the introduction of student internships and volunteer work at the Fresno Art Museum (FAM) along with the design of some FPU art classes with strong FAM involvement.

I have also helped in securing student participation in scholarship applications through the Fresno Fiber Guild, helping bring about awareness of the FPU's art program and further student interest in fiber art.

Art Hop is a local art event run by the Fresno Art Council and in 2010 I have been active in establishing FPU as an official Art Hop site for the regular exhibition of art by students, staff and local artists.

Publications and Presentations

  • "The Inclusive Art Museum: Determining Disability Access," with R. McMillen, in The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, 2012
  • "Diverse Audiences: Disability Access and the Art Museum," with R. McMillen, in Fresno Pacific Journal, 2011
  • "Sport Marketing and Trademark Law: Are the Dallas Cowboys Really 'America's Team?'" with J.D. McMillen in Sport Marketing Quarterly, 2009
  • "Control of university sponsored sporting events - the conflict between sport artist's freedom of expression and university owned trademarks," with L.M. Benedict and J.D. McMillen in Journal of Legal Aspects of Sport, Summer 2007
  • "The Legal Aspects of Sport Sculpture," with J.D. McMillen, in Willamette Sports Law Journal, Spring 2005
  • "Artists and Athletes: Balancing the First Amendment and the Right of Publicity in Sport Celebrity Portraits," with J.D. McMillen, in Journal of Legal Aspects of Sport, Summer 2004
  • "The Art of Sport Law," with J.D. McMillen, in Sport & Recreation Law Association Newsletter, March 2004
  • "The Bedroom," a Student and Teacher Programs brochure published by the Department of Museum Education, Art Institute of Chicago, September 2001
  • "Word," in Artwrite Magazine, June 1999 (under maiden name, Atkinson, R.S.)

Recommended Resources


  • The Story of Art by E.H. Gombrich, published by Phaidon Press Ltd, London, 1995
  • How Art Made the World: A Journey to the Origins of Human Creativity by N. Spivey, published by Basic Books, New York, 2005

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Other Information

My thoughts on art:

  • Art challenges us to think outside the box, to explore alternative avenues than those normally travelled, to express ourselves creatively. Art is very much a part of our everyday lives, whether expressed in a painting on a wall, a three-dimensional sculpture, a website design, an architectural plan for a house or the design of a football team logo. All these things begin with a design and creative plan carried out by the skills which bring them into fruition. It is through artistic expression that we can face the challenges life throws at us in finding creative answers and solutions.
  • Regardless of the career path that FPU students choose, being able to tap into and utilize one's creativity will serve students well for implementing all skills and areas of interest and expertise.