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All-State 2015 Registration Information

AEI would like to invite you to participate in the Iowa All-State Awards Competition.

Since 1997, Art Educators of Iowa has been recognizing the state’s outstanding junior and senior art students, art educators and art programs.  AEI requests members to nominate and submit their best junior and senior students’ portfolios.  This is an opportunity reserved for AEI members.  To become a member or to renew your membership, please email the AEI Membership Chair at  

Students are nominated by their teachers, and then submit a portfolio of 10 digital images of their work and three short essays on their artistic experiences. These portfolios will be judged by collegiate midwest art instructors and the top 20% will be selected as the 2015 All-State Art Team. These students will be honored at the awards ceremony at the Des Moines Art Center on May 2, 2015 and will receive scholarship offers from the Kansas City Art Institute and The Creative Center in Omaha, Nebraska.  If the students choose to attend one of these post-secondary institutions and is admitted, they will be awarded the scholarship. We are currently pursuing scholarship opportunities at additional institutions. The three top scoring schools, based on their top five individual portfolio scores, will be awarded as “All-State Art Programs.”

Last year’s digital submission process was a huge success and we had a record 99 portfolio submissions.  Our programmer, Andrew Pauli, was awarded Outstanding Service Outside of the Profession by AEI and will be honored at the 2014 Fall Conference.  Committee members will be hosting a presentation on the program and submission process at the Conference as well.  The portal will be open to create accounts and begin building portfolios in mid-October and will open for portfolio submissions on Monday, February 2nd.  Our submission deadline will be Friday March 13, 2015.

To make submission a smoother process for you, I have included this year’s requirements below so you may begin preparing portfolios and essays now.

Last year’s portfolios were especially strong so we are excited to see the high quality work coming out of this year’s students.  All-State is an 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.  Thank you for your continued support and participation.

For more information or to become a member of the committee, contact


The All-State Committee

Devin T. Hanson – All-State Chair – Pleasant Valley High School, Bettendorf, IA

Morgan Singleton – Clarke High School – Osceola, IA

Teri Breck – Dowling High School – West Des Moines, IA

Maggie Harlow-Vogt – Norwalk High School – Norwalk, IA

Elizabeth Schmelzer – Washington High School – Cedar Rapids, IA

Aimee Peters – Pleasant Valley High School – Bettendorf, IA

Drew Pauli – Programming and Technology – Des Moines, IA

Portfolio Requirements

Each portfolio submitted has a fee of $25.  All fees will be submitted by credit card through Paypal in the submission portal.  We cannot accept other forms of payment including checks or PO’s.  Unpaid portfolios cannot be submitted.

-If a teacher is paying for submission fees, they can do so from their account either one by one, or all at once.

-If a student is paying for submission fees, they can also pay from their account, in which case, the payment areas on the teachers’ account, will not be used and will show up as “paid” once each student has submitted their payment.

The nominating teacher must be a member of AEI.  For more information about membership or to become a member contact Jeanna Gerot at or go to the membership page.  

Students will submit the following online:

·10 images of 10 different pieces of artwork (no separate detail images) or 1 minute segments of video. With each piece, students will include the dimensions, media and title. There is no longer a requirement to have 2 of them be drawings. The program will only accept images that are at a MAXIMUM of 480 x 640 pixels, so be sure to have them sized properly.

·Photo of self (same size restrictions)

·Student statement will have 3 parts (limited to 100 words each):

  • Value of visual art in your life
  • Influences
  • Experiences that have shaped or changed you as an artist

Teachers will submit a statement of recommendation about their student that will be included in the Awards Program.


All-State 2014 Winners were honored at the All-State Awards on May 3rd, 2014 at the Des Moines Art Center. Winners received a poster featuring their portfolio work, a plaque for themselves and a plaque for their school. Winners are also eligible for scholarships from the Creative Center in Omaha and the Kansas City Art Institute.

If you have photos from the ceremony day, please share them with the webmaster or someone from the All-State Committee!

Student Scores
Student Scores are now available on their portals. If students have forgotten their password, they will need to click the link under the username and password fields and follow the instructions to reset it.

Underneath each portfolio slide will be a box with two columns. One indicates the judge. Each judge is given a random number: 2179, 2177, 2178, and 2181. They are not always in the same order so you will want to check the number to make sure you are comparing scores for the same judge. Judges scored work on a scale of 5 to 10 with the option to give a score of 0 for work that violated the rules of the contest or copyright.

At the bottom of your portal is a box for the scores for your essay. The judge numbers are the same. (Ex: Judge 2181 for slides is the same person as Judge 2181 for writing.) Each part of the essay was graded on a scale from 1-5. Each column indicates a different essay.

Questions for students to consider:
Based on feedback what was my best slide?
Based on judges feedback, what was my worst slide?
Which judge tended to give the highest scores?
Which judge tended to give the lowest scores?

Congratulations and Thank You to All Nominees and Nominating Art Educators

The Allstate Committee  are pleased to announce this years top portfolios.

2014 Slideshow
2014 Allstate Visual Arts Awardees

2014 Awardee
Matt Constant 12 Ames High School
Lynae Dadisman 12 Des Moines Christian School
Sarah Frame 12 Dowling Catholic High School
Brittany Winch 11 Linn-Mar High School
Jack Sackett 12 Dowling Catholic High School
Jackson Knoepfler 12 Dowling Catholic High School
Aleyna Moeller 11 Norwalk High School
Kayla Corey 12 Dowling Catholic High School
Amy Carlson 12 Burlington Community High School
Lydia King 12 Davenport Central
Sally Diehl 12 Dowling Catholic High School
Emma Pagano 12 Dowling Catholic High School
Azlin Armstrong 12 Des Moines Christian School
Veda Sword 12 Panorama
Bryan Adamson 12 Des Moines Christian School
Victoria Campbell 11 Pleasant Valley High School
Paige Metzger 12 Tipton High School
Claire Waterman 12 Davenport Central
Kassidy Monday 12 Fremont-Mills

Schools with Highest Scores from top 5 students
2014 Allstate Visual Arts Teams
Dowling High School
Des Moines Christian School
Davenport Central High School

Kansas City Art Institute: $1,000 renewable scholarship.
Creative Center of Omaha: $1,000 one-time scholarship.

Looking forward to seeing next year’s submission of outstanding Iowa high school artists and their portfolios!

The All-State Visual Arts Awards Organization Committee
Morgan Singleton, Devin Hanson, Teri Breck, Maggie Harlow-Vogt, Andrew Pauli

All-State 2014 Information

Click here to Access the 2014 All-State Portal


The following individuals have contributed their time and talents to make this year’s All-State competition successful

All State Chairperson: Devin Hanson
All-State Committee: Maggie Harlow-Vogt, Teri Breck, Andrew Pauli, Aimee Peters, Elizabeth Schmelzer