Dana Carlisle Kletchka

Dr. Dana Kletchka
Dr. Dana Kletchka

Curator of Education, Palmer Museum of Art

Affiliate Assistant Professor of Art Education, Penn State School of Visual Arts


Palmer Museum | 3rd floor
814 863-9188


  • Ph.D. in art education (The Pennsylvania State University)
  • M.A. in art education (University of Kansas)
  • B.A. in art history, B.A. in English (University of Kansas)

Specialty Area: 

Museum Education and teaches Museum Studies


Dr. Kletchka specializes in art museum education and teaches Art/Art History 409: Museum Studies for the department each spring. Before arriving at Penn State in 2000, she held education positions at the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas. She is responsible for the educational and interpretive programming offered at the Palmer Museum of Art and works with faculty, staff, graduate students, teachers, and community members to create opportunities for engaging with and learning about the Palmer's permanent collections and special exhibitions. Her research interests include teaching, learning, and pedagogy within the context of art museums; the history and gendering of art museum education; social media and other tools for curating experiences; Postmodern art and artists; contemporary parenting; and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities. Dr. Kletchka is the Professional Development Liaison for the Art Education program at Penn State; is a co-director and faculty for the yearly Summer Institute on Contemporary Art, a joint project of the School of Visual Arts and the Palmer Museum of Art; a co-editor of ArtMuseumTeaching.com, an online community of practice; and a member of Penn State's Museum Consortium. Her essays have appeared in such books as Judy Chicago at Penn State (2014) and From Periphery to Center: Art Museum Education in the 21st Century (2007), and she has published articles in the National Art Education Association journal Art Education and served on its Editorial Review Panel from 2003-2007. She is the past chair of Penn State’s Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Equity, a presidential advisory commission, and frequently delivers professional presentations on art museum education at national and international art education and design conferences. For more information, please see: www.sites.psu.edu/danack.