Elissa Armstrong is an associate professor of Cross-Disciplinary Arts in the Department of Craft/Material Studies Ceramic Area, Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts. From 2009-2020 she served as the Director of VCUarts' Art Foundation Program. Prior to joining VCU in 2006, Armstrong co-head and taught in the Ceramics department at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas.
She has presented on first-year pedagogical topics at national and international conferences including College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory & Education, International Society for Education Through Art, Mid-American College Art Association, and SECAC. Her work has been featured in numerous galleries and museums including the Fuller Craft Museum and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. Her upcoming book with RISD coauthor Mariah Doren, Do We Have to Call it Critique? Reimagining the Tradition: more inclusive, more fulfilling, and maybe a little more fun is anticipated to be published in 2022, by Intellect Press, UK, affiliated with the University of Chicago Press.
She was awarded a 2018 Canadian Art Council Grant and was honored with the 2012 VCUarts Distinguished Faculty Service Award. Recently national professional service includes a 2019-2021 term on the College Art Association's (CAA) Council of Readers, 2018-2020 as Past-President of the National Council of Arts Administrators (NCAA), and 2016-2018 as elected President of the organization.
Armstrong received her MFA in ceramics from Alfred University; her BFA in ceramics from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design; her BA in English literature and art history from Queen’s University; and her B.Ed. in English literature and visual arts from the University of Western Ontario.