Eun-Hee “Maria” Lim is already regarded as one of the top art educators in North Carolina. Now her reputation is growing throughout the Southeast.

Lim, associate professor of art education at UNCG, has received the 2015 Southeastern Region Higher Education Art Educator Award from the National Art Education Association at the organization’s annual convention in New Orleans.

“We are very proud of Maria Lim’s accomplishment, which recognizes her deep commitment to teaching and the education of teachers,” said Tim Johnston, Dean of UNCG’s College of Arts & Sciences. “The College faculty includes some truly outstanding teachers, and this award puts Maria among that select group.”

It’s the latest honor for Lim, who last year was named the N.C. Art Education Association Higher Education Art Educator of the Year.

Lim came to the United States from Korea 18 years ago after completing an MFA at SungShin Women’s University. After arriving in the U.S., she earned an MFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology and a doctorate from Northern Illinois University. She joined UNCG’s faculty in 2008.

As an educator, researcher and practicing artist, Lim explores post-modern art and art as expression of diverse cultures and ideologies. Her research interests include community art education, art-based research, creativity, interdisciplinary art education and visual culture.

She is highly regarded for creating dynamic and interactive classroom experiences for students, says Lawrence Jenkens, head of UNCG’s Art Department.

“Maria is enormously involved with her students and extremely generous with her time and expertise,” Jenkens says. “She’s nurturing a new generation of very well-trained and talented art teachers.”

“Teaching is not just about lecturing to students,” Lim says. “It can be – and should be – an exciting journey of initiating contemporary art education theories and practices, exploring current educational issues and trends, and establishing sensible pedagogical methods. It is so rewarding that I have been selected by my peers to receive this award, and I’m grateful for the support of the UNCG community.”