Clear Creek Amana Middle School, in Tiffin, Iowa was host to the Art Educators of Iowa (AEI) “Emerging Excellence” event for the 3rd year in a row on Saturday April 14th, 2018. This event offers 6-8th grade students from the Eastern Region of the state the opportunity to create an artwork to submit for review against a rubric designed to align with the National Art Standards. At the event they participate in a 15 minute interview, with an art professional discussing their process, technique, inspiration and goals. Their work and their interview are individually rated against the rubric. Emerging Excellence was designed by AEI as a fine arts equivalent to the Iowa Music Associations Solo/Small Ensemble Event. For further information about the event visit artedia.org/emerging-excellence
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 by the following:
Clar Baldus – University of Iowa
Jan Dotzler – Creative Center – Omaha, NE
Rachel Beenken - Minneapolis College of Art and Design
Joseph Lappie – St. Ambrose University
The All-State Committee is pleased to announce this year’s top portfolios.
2018 All-State Visual Arts Awardees
Schools with Highest Scores from top 5 students