Brian Payne is originally from Stillwater, Oklahoma and graduated from Stillwater High School. He attended Loyola University in Chicago, where he received his Bachelors in Fine Arts with a concentration in Photography. He worked for a small advertising firm as their photographer and production artist for one year, then worked as a freelance graphic designer and photographer after leaving the firm. After six years in Chicago, he moved back to Stillwater to attend graduate school, and earned his Masters in Education in 2008 from Oklahoma State University. Prior to Yukon High School, he was a Graduate Teacher at OSU for two years then completed his teaching internship at with the Department of Defense at Lakenheath Elementary and Lakenheath High School on Lakenheath Air Force Base in England. He then taught one year at Mustang Elementary School, and this will be his ninth year at Yukon High School. He has visited over 60 culturally significant museums and architectural sites in the United States and Europe that pertain to the study of art history and the visual arts.
Additionally, he has an essay published in A Journey to Unlearn and Learn in Multicultural Education (Wang & Olson, 2009), served as the photography consultant for Photography (Culture in Action) (Miles, 2009), and has a journal article published in the fall 2010 National Art Education Association’s Social Justice issue. He is the Fine Arts Department Head at Yukon High School, Website Liason for the Oklahoma Art Education Association (OAEA), was named the 2013-2014 Teacher of the Year at Yukon High School, and the 2015 – 2016 Oklahoma Secondary Art Educator of the Year.
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