I’m very sorry to report the recent passing of Elliot Eisner. Born in Chicago, Illinois in 1933, Elliot taught at Stanford University for 42 years and was the Lee Jacks Emeritus Professor of Education and Art. For me, Elliot Eisner was one of the world’s leading advocates of arts education. His writing, research and advocacy is an inspiration. His expertise and genuine warmth shone through all his work. He dealt with complex ideas with a clarity and precise through an engaging style that captured my interest and that of thousands of others across the world. His book, The Arts and the Creation of Mind, is one single book that I would recommend all young teachers read. It’s powerful prose contains many, many insights that are worthy of extensive contemplation in our trouble times.
Elliot Eisner is survived by his wife of 57 years, Ellie, son Steve Eisner, daughter Linda Eislund, son-in-law Eric Eislund, and grandsons Ari, Seth and Drew. A memorial service at Stanford’s Graduate School of Education will follow in the coming months. Those who desire to remember and honor Elliot W. Eisner may make contributions to the Elliot Eisner Lifetime Achievement Award Fund at the National Art Education Association, 1806 Robert Fulton Drive, Suite 300, Reston, Virginia 20191.
Elliot W. Eisner, RIP.