Awards

Excellence: An AEI Tradition

Established as a professional organization in 1950, Art Educators of Iowa soon began recognizing those of its members who stood out as exemplars in the field.

Awards are given each year to selected members of the Iowa arts education community that have shown stellar dedication to the craft of teaching art to children. The immediate Past President acts as the Awards Chair with previous winners as the committee.

Drawn from the history of AEI, compiled by Liz Craw, and from back copies of the organization newsletter, The Message, we have compiled lists of past winners. Awards have been given in the following categories, where you will also find more information about the current winners:

2013 Award Winners

2012 Award Winners

2011 Award Winners

2010 Award Winners

Iowa Art Educator of the Year Award

Higher Education Award

Secondary Educator of the Year Award

Middle School/Junior High Educator of the Year Award

Elementary Educator of the Year Award

Supervisory/Museum Award

Distinguished Service Within the Profession Award: National Jr. Honor Society Sponsor

Distinguished Service Outside the Profession Award

Special Awards

AEI Presidents

If you can supply missing dates or names in these lists, please notify the webmaster.

How to Nominate

Who can nominate?
Any AEI/NAEA member can nominate someone for an award. The award categories are: Outstanding Elementary Art Educator, Outstanding Middle Level Art Educator, Outstanding Secondary Art Educator, Art Educator of the Year, Distinguished Service Within the Profession, Distinguished Service Outside the Profession.

How do I nominate?
To nominate someone for an award, complete the 2014 Nomination Form by saving the form to your desktop, save as a new file name, and fill in the information. Write a letter of nomination (addressed to Dear Awards Selection Committee*) stating the reasons you are nominating this person (or organization) for the award. Please refrain from using reference to “Iowa” in the letter.**
Attach the Nomination Form and Letter of Nomination to an email to the Awards Chair Chris Noel (awards@artedia.org) by May 15.

When should I nominate?
Nominations can be made any time throughout the year.

What do I do if I am nominated for an award?
Awards Chair Chris Noel will contact you to send in additional information.

The nominee should complete the vita by saving the form to your desktop, save as a new file name, and fill in the information. You will also need to collect two letters of support for your nomination (addressed to Dear Awards Selection Committee*). Please refrain from using reference to “Iowa” in the letters.** E-mail the vita, letters of support, and a jpeg image to the Awards Chair Chris Noel(awards@artedia.org) by July 1.

How will I know if my nominee is the award recipient?
Award nominees and recipients will be notified. Award recipients will be asked to provide additional information. Recipients of Iowa awards may qualify for Regional and National honors from NAEA. Recipients of AEI awards are submitted by the AEI Awards Chair for National awards by October 1.

How are award recipients honored?
Iowa award winners are honored at an event during the Fall Conference in October. If the winner is selected by NAEA, there is an awards ceremony at NAEA Convention in March of the following year.

Who is eligible for an award?
NAEA members who meet the established criteria are eligible. Membership is not required for the
Distinguished Service Outside the Profession award.

*By addressing your letter of nomination this way, it makes it possible to be forward the nomination to the Western Region and/or NAEA Awards Selection Committees, if selected as the award recipient from Iowa.
**This makes it possible to use the same letter(s) if the nomination is moved to the Western Region and/or NAEA awards level.