What is All State Art?
Students are nominated by their teachers, and then submit a portfolio of 10 digital images of their work and 3 essays on their artistic experiences. These portfolios will be judged by college professors and working artists. The top 20% will be selected as the All State Art Team, and will be honored at an awards ceremony at the Des Moines Art Center. These students will receive scholarship offers, a personalized plaque, and a large poster of their artwork. The three top scoring schools, based on their top ive individual portfolio scores, will be awarded the prestigious title of “All State Art Program.”
Who is Eligible for All-State Art?
Juniors and Seniors are the only students who can submit portfolios to All State. These students must submit 10 works of art as part of this portfolio, however, they may not submit the same ten both Junior and Senior year. For example, if a Junior submits 10 pieces of artwork in the 2015 competition, they cannot submit any of those in the 2016 competition their senior year. It is up to that Junior to decide if their portfolio is strong enough for two years. If not, they could wait and have a better assorted and advanced variety of work for the 2016 competition.
- Each portfolio submitted has a fee of $25.
- The nominating teacher must be a member of AEI (Art Educators of Iowa).
- Contact email@example.com for questions about membership.
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 dimensions, media and title.
- Photo of Self
- Student Essays – Limited to 100 Words EACH:
- Value of visual art in your life.
- Your Influences
- Experiences that have shaped or changed you as an artist.
- Visit http://www.artedia.org/programs/all-state/2015-all-state-documents/ for timelines, resources, and lessons tohelp your students avoid copyright infringement.
- The All State Submission Portal is located at www.artediowa.org.
- Follow Iowa All State Art on Facebook at
- Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions!
Kansas City Art Institute: $1,000 scholarships.
Creative Center – Omaha, NE: $1,000 scholarships.
University of Iowa: $1,000 scholarships.
Minneapolis College of Art and Design: $1,000 scholarships.
*The above institutions will offer the scholarships under the condition of the student meeting the minimum requirements to be accepted to the institution and would be awarded upon admittance.
All State Committee
Devin T. Hanson – Morgan Singleton – Teri Breck
Maggie Harlow-Vogt – Elizabeth Schmelzer – Aimee Peters – Drew Pauli
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.
The All State Committee is pleased to announce this year’s top portfolios.
2015 All State Visual Arts Awardees
|Aleyna Moeller||12||Norwalk High School|
|Brittany Winch||12||Linn-Mar High School|
|Austin Robertson||12||Davenport North High School|
|Katie Sailer||12||Ames High School|
|Julian Gruber||12||Central Academy|
|Chloe Thompson||12||Davenport Central High School//Creative Arts Academy QC|
|Ann Peters||12||Pleasant Valley High School|
|Claire Pettinger||12||Mount Vernon High School|
|Jacob Smith||12||Tipton High School|
|Taylor Shaw||12||Davenport West/Creative Arts Academy QC|
|Maddie Krumel||12||Dowling Catholic High School|
|Savanna Genskow||12||Linn-Mar High School|
|Bree Linville||12||Washington High School|
|Jacy Embray||12||Glenwood High School|
|Alexis Barr||11||Clarke High School|
|William McKay||12||Davenport Central/Creative Arts Academy QC|
|Deven Skaff||12||Davenport North High School|
|Megan Brannen||12||Dowling Catholic High School|
|Taylor Chandler||12||Davenport Central High School/Creative Arts Academy QC|
|Isaiah Patton||12||Dowling Catholic High School|
|Zoe Theobald||12||Dowling Catholic High School|
|Alison Lancelotti||12||Norwalk High School|
Schools with Highest Scores from Top 5 Students
2015 Allstate Visual Arts Teams
|High School||Total Score|
|Davenport Central High School||2304 Points|
|Dowling Catholic High School||2303 Points|
|Norwalk High School||2226 Points|