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.
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 http://www.artedia.org/programs/all-state/ when it has been completed.