Gina Wenger, Ph.D.

Department Chair

Address: 136 Nelson Hall (NH 136)
Phone: (507) 389-5484


  • PhD in Art Education from the Pennsylvania State University
  • MA in Art from Miami University
  • BS in Art Education from Manchester University


Gina L. Mumma Wenger, PhD is a Professor of Art at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Her interests include the history of Art Education, curriculum design, and feminist pedagogy. As faculty at Minnesota State Mankato, she teaches art education, design, gender and art history, as well as occasional special topics classes for the Honors Program. Dr. Wenger’s creative and scholarly work focuses on the teaching of history through art and her passion for documentary photography. Since 2006 she has been researching the Japanese American Concentration Camps of WWII including the children's artworks from the WRA schools. Her artwork documents the camp spaces as they exist today. Dr. Wenger lives both in Mankato, Minnesota and Ouray, Colorado.

Recent Publications

Wenger, G. (2015). History Matters: Children’s Art Education within the Japanese American Internment Camps. Studies in Art Education. 54 (1) 24-36. Reston, VA: National Art Education Association.

Wenger, G. (2016). Art of the Incarcerated: Art-Making in the Japanese American Internment Camps. Visual Inquiry: Learning and Teaching in Art, 5 (2). Bristol, UK: Ingenta Connect Publishers Intellect Books.

Wenger, G. (Illustrator and Author). (In progress). Aiko’s Mural. (Children’s picture book on the murals from Rowher Internment Camp.)


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