Vittoria Daiello

Vittoria S Daiello

Associate Professor

Aronoff Center


DAAP School of Art - 0016

Professional Summary

Vittoria S. Daiello earned her doctorate in art education from The Ohio State University in 2010. Her research of writing as a generative method of arts-informed inquiry emerged from her work as an interdisciplinary writing consultant for OSU's Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) center and from her design of a writing-intensive television criticism course for the art education program at Ohio State. Drawing from composition studies and psychoanalytic theories, Daiello has developed an artistic writing pedagogy derived from the formal and informal writing occurring around students' arts studio and research endeavors. Daiello approaches writing development as artistic inquiry, where composition skills are refined through translation and articulation of the elusive modes of knowing that propel an artist’s or researcher’s work.
Vittoria Daiello's art practice is entwined with her teaching and research. Small-scale sculptures employ metal, paper, and ink to explore the performative qualities of language. Her arts education experience ranges from teaching in K-12 public schools to interdisciplinary artist-in-residence projects. Daiello presents her research in national and international juried proceedings, including the American Educational Research Association (AERA) meeting, the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry (ICQI), the National Art Education Association (NAEA) conference, and the 1st Conference on Arts-Based and Artistic Research, University of Barcelona. Peer-reviewed publications include Visual Arts Research Journal, The Journal of Social Theory in Art Education, Studies in Art Education, and Creative Approaches to Research.

Dr. Daiello currently serves on the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) Education Task Force.



Ph.D., Art Education, The Ohio State University Columbus, OH, 2010 (Art Education Dissertation: The “I” of the Text: A Psychoanalytic Theory Perspective on Students’ Television Criticism Writing, Subjectivity, and Critical Consciousness in Visual Culture Art Education)

M.A., Art Education, The Ohio State University Columbus, OH, 2005 (Art Education Thesis: Art Education at the Speed of Life: A Philosophical Inquiry into an Online Arts Education Course)

B.F.A, Ohio Wesleyan University Delaware, OH, 1999 (Metals and Digital Imaging)

Research Support

2018 -2022 Jiangnan University School of Design. Wuxi, Jiangsu, China. China Ministry of Education Competitive Research Grant Experience Design Frontier Methodology and Technology Research Center (Project 111) Role:Collaborator Active Type:Grant Level:International

2016 Faculty Development Council AERA Research, Washington, DC $1,500 Type:Grant

2015 Faculty Development Council CCCC Research Travel Award Role:PI $1,600 Type:Grant

2015 UC International Course Development in Reggio Emilia, Italy Role:PI $3,600 Type:Grant

2015 School of Art, University of Cincinnati AERA Research Support, Chicago, IL Role:PI $1,000 Type:Grant

2013 Faculty Development Council Mapping the Possibilities: Exploring New Cartographies of Arts Type:Grant

Investigators:Daiello, V., Bonansinga, K., & Paice, K. 2013 Faculty Development Council Museum Studies Masters Program Development Grant

2012 Faculty Development Council ICQI 2012: Mentoring Student Research Writing Development Grant

2008 The Ohio State University CSTW Research on Writing and Composition in 21st Century Contexts Grant

2017 Jiangnan University School of Design. Wuxi, Jiangsu, China. China Ministry of Education Competitive Research Grant. Healthcare Design Joint Laboratory Role:Collaborator Completed Type:Grant Level:International

2017 Faculty Development Council, The University of Cincinnati Faculty Development Grant, FATE Conference, 2017 $1,800 Completed Type:Grant

2019 Office of Research, University of Cincinnati Trans-disciplinary Research Leadership Program Role:Fellow Active Type:Fellowship Level:University


Peer Reviewed Publications

Daiello, V., & Rhoades, M. (2016. )Introducing Dramatic Inquiry to Visual Art Education .Journal of Curriculum & Pedagogy, ,13 (3 ),206-226.

Daiello, V. (2014. )Wherever I Am, I Am What is Missing .Creative Approaches to Research Journal, ,7(1) ,46-66.

Daiello, V. With Flávia Bastos, Kristopher Holland, and Christopher Luessen (2013. )Walking Spaces for Socially Engaged Arts-Based Research: Reflections and Disruptions On/In Practice .Published Proceedings of the 1st Conference on Arts-Based And Artistic Research, University of Barcelona, Spain., ,

Daiello, V. (2010. )(K)not an Impasse: Working Through Lacanian Theory as Research Methodology” .Visual Arts Research, ,36 (2 ),83-102.

Daiello, V. (2010. )Silences Between Words and World: Deconstruction and the Evolution of an Inquiry. In T. Barrett, Making Art: Form and Meaning, McGraw Hill., ,

Daiello, V. (2008. )Ephemera in Art. ChildArt: The Magazine of the International Child Art Foundation, ,11 (2 ),6.

Daiello, V., Walker, S., Rhoades, M., and Hathaway, K. (2006. )Complicating Visual Culture. Studies in Art Education, ,47 (4 ),308-325.

Daiello, V., Barrett, T., Blackson, V., and Goffos, M (2006. )God: The Taboo Topic in Art Education .The Journal of Social Theory in Art Education, ,26, ,59-84.

Invited Publications

Daiello, V. (2018. )What more might writing be? What more might writing do? Composing possibilities with Dr. Candace Jesse Stout .Chiaroscuro, 12 -13

Book Chapter

Daiello, V., & Stout, C.J. (2017 )Arts-Based Writing: The Performance of Our Lives. Handbook of Arts-Based Research .(pp. 608-629 ).New York, NY,New York, NY: The Guilford Press.


Invited Presentations

Vittoria Daiello (2016. )Shimmering Assemblage: The Unexpected Gifts of Uncertainty, Doubt, and Transdisciplinarity .Kenneth Marantz Distinguished Alumni Lecture, The Ohio State University.

Daiello, Vittoria (2014. )“Rethinking Research: Innovative Approaches to the Thesis/Dissertation” .CECH-College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services -Teachers College, University of Cincinnati. UC. .Level:University

Daiello, Vittoria (2013. )Art + Literacy/ies Panel .National Council of Teachers of English Research Assembly (NCTEAR), The Ohio State University. Level:National

Daiello, Vittoria (2011. )Visual Metaphor and Critical, Reflexive Writing .Arts Writing Workshop with Professor Terry Barrett, The Ohio State University.

Poster Presentations

Daiello, V., Bruner, O., & Scoggins, D. (2017. )Writing into the Unknown: Speculative, Arts-Based Writing as Creative Composition and Design Research Method .Re:Research: International Association of Societies of Design Research (IASDR) Conference, University of Concinnati, Cincinnati, OH. .UC. .Level:International

Paper Presentations

Daiello, V., Rhoades, M., & Bastos, F. (2018. )Mentoring Critical Arts-Based Research: Cultivating Equity, Wide-Awakeness, and Communicative Ethics in Art Education Practice .Seattle, WA.

Daiello, V. (2018. )Artful Possibilities: Insights From an International Art Education and Design Education Research Partnership .School of Design, Jiangnan University, Wuxi, China.

Daiello, V., & Rhoades, M. (2018. )Lost(ing) and Found(ing): (Un)designing Pedagogies of Precarity, Failure, and (Im)possibilities .Seattle, WA.

Daiello, V. (2018. )Once Upon a Time, Everything Happened: The Poethical Possibilities of Arts-Based Research Writing .State University of New York (SUNY), New Paltz, NY. Other Institution.

Daiello, V. (2017. )Evocative Iterations: The Catalytic Entwinement of Art and Writing Processes .Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO .

Daiello, V. (2017. )Evoking Writing-Creation: Arts-Based Writing Pedagogy as Collective Emergence, Provocation, and Inspiration .New York, NY.

Daiello, V. (2016. )Accumulation of Uncertainties: The Event of Arts-Based Writing in The Art of Words .University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH.

Honors and Awards

2011 DAAP Award for Outstanding Teaching - University of Cincinnati

2008 Manuel Barkan Dissertation Award - The Ohio State University

2007 Graduate Associate Teaching Award - The Ohio State University

2016 Kenneth Marantz Distinguished Alumni Award - The Ohio State University

Positions and Work Experience

2010 -2016 Assistant Professor, University of Cincinnati, College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning - School of Art, Cincinnati, OH

2008 -2009 Interdisciplinary Writing Consultant, Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC); Center for the Study and Teaching of Writing (CSTW), The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

2005 -2009 Graduate Teaching Associate, Criticizing Television *Winner of University-wide Graduate Teaching Award, Spring 2007, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

2008 -2008 Graduate Teaching Associate, Engaging Visual Culture, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

2008 -2008 Visiting Art Instructor, Summer Teacher Workshop: Transformations—Connections Through Art & Writing, Contemporary Art Center of Virginia Beach, Virginia Beach, VA

2002 -2005 Graduate Teaching Associate, Art and Music Since 1945—Online Course *Nominee for University-wide Graduate Teaching Award, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

1998 -2002 Artist/Teacher in Residence and Arts Integration Specialist, Smith Elementary School; Delaware City School District, Delaware, OH

2001 -2002 Art Teacher, PreK – Grade 5, Buckeye Valley West Elementary; Buckeye Valley School District, Delaware, OH

2016 -To Present Associate Professor, University of Cincinnati, College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning - School of Art, Cincinnati, OH

Preferred Information

Associate Professor, Daiello, Vittoria Ph.D