AEAI recognizes excellence in the field of art education in the following categories:
Outstanding Elementary Art Educator
Outstanding Middle School Art Educator
Outstanding Secondary Art Educator
Outstanding K-12 Art Educator
Outstanding Special Needs Art Educator
Outstanding Student Art Teacher
Outstanding Higher Education Art Educator
Outstanding Museum Art Educator
Recipients of the awards above are recognized for demonstrating excellence in the classroom, active participation and leadership at the local, state, and/or national level, publications and/or exhibits, advocacy for the arts, and other art education related accomplishments. Recipients of these awards must have been a member of AEAI on January 1st of the year in which they were nominated, and must spend at least 51% of their working day in the job division for which they were nominated. Following the initial nomination, nominees will be asked to submit a resume or vita, and nominators will be asked to provide at least two letters of support for the nomination. A selection committee using a standardized rubric will score nominations.
Supervision/Administration Friend of the Arts/Community Individuals or organizations receiving these awards are recognized for extraordinary achievement contributing to art education. Recipients of these awards need not be a member of AEAI. Following the initial nomination, nominees will not be notified. Nominators will be asked to provide at least two letters of support for the nomination. A selection committee using a standardized rubric will score nominations.
Distinguished Fellows The AEAI Distinguished Fellows Program is designed to recognize exemplary contributions to the field of art education and to AEAI by its members. Those achieving recognition as AEAI Distinguished Fellows will have amassed a record of continuous teaching, service, leadership, and dedication to art education that is outstanding. The AEAI Distinguished Fellows Program is intended to recognize achievement in art education that is exceptional in its depth and breadth. Distinguished Fellows nominations are usually made by past or present AEAI Executive Board members, or those that are aware of the exemplary and long-term commitment to arts education in Indiana. Specific criteria are available from the Awards Chairperson.
Congratulations to the 2020 AEAI Award Winners!
Nominations for 2021 Awards are now open!
Nominate an Outstanding Art Educator HERE