Founding member of AEI and a long time board member, passes away

Elizabeth Craw
Born: Sept. 10, 1917; in Prosperity, MO
Died: April 28, 2015; in Morris, ILElizabeth “Liz” (Bryant) Craw, age 97, of Morris, passed away peacefully Tuesday, April 28, 2015, at Park Pointe Healthcare and Rehabilitation in Morris.

Born September 10, 1917, in Prosperity, Missouri, she was the daughter of the late Clarence LeRoy and Mable (Harris) Bryant. She was raised and educated in Missouri attending South Missouri State and later Drake University where she earned a Master of Arts in Art Education in 1972.

She was employed with Des Moines Schools from 1943 through 1959, and later with Fort Dodge Schools from 1964 through 1982, retiring from teaching on May 29, 1982. She lived most of her adult life in Iowa, and in 2013, Liz moved to Morris to be with her daughter, Beth.

Liz loved her art and enjoyed textile preservation. Liz achieved many honors and awards during her 41 years of teaching, and continued many accomplishments during retirement, mostly pertaining to the textile conservation and restoration along with her passion for art.

She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Des Moines, Iowa, Art Education Association, and the Iowa State Historical Society.

After her retirement from teaching, Liz enjoyed traveling and especially trips to Russia, China, Greece, Australia and the UK. She especially enjoyed time with her family.

Surviving are her two children, Robert of Des Moines, Iowa; and her daughter, Beth (Mark) Trusheim of Morris. Her three grand-children, Ann O’Dell of Sioux City, Iowa, Brian (Rebecca) Trusheim of Plano, IL and Jennifer (Matthew) Lange of Port Washington, Wisconsin; four great-grand-children; one sister, Lucille Reagan of Salem, Oregon.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Charles and Theodore; and a sister, Virginia.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 30, 2015, from 4:00 to 4:30 p.m., at the First United Methodist Church in Morris. A Celebration of Liz’s life will immediately follow at 4:30 p.m., with Pastor Robert Sathuri of the First United Methodist Church officiating. Cremation Rites have been accorded.

Memorials may be made in Liz’s name to the First United Methodist Church and the Wagner Gallery of Dallas County, Iowa.

Arrangements have been entrusted with U. C. Davis-Callahan Funeral Home, located at 301 West Washington Street, Morris, IL. For further information or to leave online condolences, visit our website at or you may contact the funeral home at 815-942-0084.

Published in Morris Daily Herald on Apr. 30, 2015– See more at:

All State Results

On behalf of Art Educators of Iowa and the All-State Visual Art Awards Committee, congratulations and thank you to all nominees and nominating art educators. We appreciate the time and effort it takes to compile a portfolio and complete the submission process. Though we provide the opportunity to recognize students for outstanding work, it is the time, nurture, and support that individual teachers give students with potential that is most significant. Please, continue to participate and encourage other teachers in your district, region, and conference to become participating members. The more participants involved, the more students we can honor for their outstanding efforts.

This year, judging was completed remotely for the first time by the following:

Clar Baldus – University of Iowa
Jeff Byrd – University of Northern Iowa
Jan Dotzler – Creative Center – Omaha, NE
Anna Pagnucci – Ashford University
Joseph Lappie – St. Ambrose University

Judging is 100% randomized and anonymous and each individual piece is evaluated. Essays are judged on a point scale of 0-5 Points, and Portfolio Images are judged on a scale of 5-10. Out of 111 students who submitted, this was one of the tightest races, point-wise, in All State history. Judge Joseph Lappie stated, “There was some really strong work this year.  I felt like ceramics was hitting it out of the ballpark. There are also a lot of strong “drawers”. Writing was pretty centered, with a lot of students writing about their unique voice, but an equal amount of artists speaking out about the collaborative and interdisciplinary nature of visual arts. To me, this shows how strong Iowa students can be.” Judge Jan Dotzler stated, “Let me congratulate the Iowa student artists on all their fantastic work! There were many submissions I considered excellent, especially in the photography category. Some of the stylized artwork had intriguing concepts and were well designed and executed. The ceramics had a look of sophistication, as you would see in art galleries, and several realistic drawings were outstanding. That’s a wonderful reflection of the quality standards set by the art teachers.” Student scores can be viewed in their portals under each image.

Click here to see the results.

Please join us for the awards ceremony at the Des Moines Art Center on Saturday, May 2, 2015. We ask that students and teachers check-in by 1:30pm. Each awardee is asked to bring a work to be displayed for the duration of the reception and the awards ceremony. A reception for attendees and guests will begin at 1:30pm with the awards ceremony following at 2:00pm. The nominating teacher or a representative will be introducing and saying a few words about each awardee. In case of bad weather, check our website for ceremony updates or cancellation news.

If you are interested in becoming more involved in the process and would like to join the All-State Committee, please let us know. We are always looking for new ideas and faces. Also, if you have suggestions or comments about the new submission process feel free to contact the committee at

We are creating a Prezi presentation viewable online. The link will be posted at when it has been completed.

UNI offers MA in Art Education Program

New cohort program to begin Fall 2015 master of arts Art Education Intended for educational professionals, this program provides a comprehensive and contemporary orientation to the study and practice of art education.

Follow these links for more information: