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National Art Education Association State Conferences

Since 2010, the second week of September has been designated “Arts in Education Week” by the United States House of Representatives. The official resolution states, “Arts education, comprising a rich array of disciplines including dance, music, theatre, media arts, literature, design, and visual arts, is a core academic subject and an essential element of a complete and balanced education for all students.” In the spirit of this resolution, the National Art Education Association (www.arteducators.org) represents the creative community of visual arts educators, university professors, researchers and scholars, teaching artists, administrators, and art museum educators who come together in state organizations for education, support, and advocacy. Within the next few months, state organizations in the region will host annual conferences that feature distinguished keynote speakers, presentations on a wide range of topics, workshops, art shows, and awards, in a spirit of camaraderie that will get the creative juices flowing. Art educators will come together to learn from each other and to peruse the offerings of many vendors and exhibitors. Staff members from Standard Ceramic Supply Company’s home office in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania will attend several of these conferences, offering educational workshops for teachers.


The Pennsylvania Art Education Association will offer its annual conference at Seven Springs Mountain Resort on October 31 through November 2. The theme of this year’s conference is “Art is Natural.” Set in the Laurel Highlands, a mountainous region of western Pennsylvania, the conference site is close to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater and the Touchstone Center for Crafts. Both sites will host special conference events. The conference brochure offers the following description of the inspiration for the theme:

The remote, natural setting of the 2014 PAEA conference immediately conjures thoughts of the beauty of our earth as ever-lasting inspiration for artists and art educators. As our committee began planning and shared ideas with one another and other artists/educators we discovered many layers of meaning in our theme, “Art is Natural.”

The familiar quote from Picasso, “every child is an artist,” is a reminder that art is natural to children. As art educators, we see our youngest students as artists. They are free to express themselves. Discovery and inquiry just comes naturally to them. At some point, we may also find ourselves wistfully watching them lose their free flowing creativity and inquiring spirit as they grow into the age of dawning realism, and we look for ways to give them confidence in their abilities and preserve their creativity during this important stage. Sometimes, with great concern, we realize our educational system might be squelching the “natural art” out of our youth. Our hope is that our conference will explore ways we as art educators can ensure this does not happen to our students.

A special afternoon and evening is planned at the Fallingwater site, featuring tours, the student art exhibit, and the awards ceremony. William E. Strickland, Jr., President & CEO Manchester Bidwell Corporation in Pittsburgh will present the keynote address at a dinner in the Barn at Fallingwater. Other keynote speakers throughout the weekend include Dr. Christine Marmé Thompson, Professor in the School of Visual Arts and Coordinator of graduate programs in art education at Penn State University, Andrew P. Phillips, AIA, Co-chair of the Charter High School for Architecture and Design in Philadelphia, artist Rachel Sager, whose mosaic exhibition is on display at the Uniontown Arts Fellowship, and Adam Kenney, the executive director of Touchstone Center for Crafts in Farmington, PA.

Visit http://www.paeaconference.org for more information about the Pennsylvania conference.


The Illinois Art Education Association will present its 66th annual conference, exploring the theme “The Visual Arts Lens: Connect – Reflect – Empower.” Held at the Sheraton Hotel in Lisle, Illinois, west of Chicago, the conference will run from November 6 through 8. President Anne Becker offers the following message:

This is an exciting year for our 66th Annual Professional Learning Conference at the Sheraton in Lisle on November 6-8, 2014. Our fall conference will host many timely learning issues on topics such as assessment, student growth, national visual arts standards, curriculum resources, advocacy information and advancements in technology. The President’s Reception Friday night will feature live music, the IAEA Artisan Gallery and IRAE Show, the premiere of the IAEA Membership Show and Awards. This will be a time for you to socialize and network with colleagues while enjoying appetizers and a cash bar.

Chicago visual artists Chris and Debra Yepa-Pappan will present the keynote address during the awards luncheon on Friday. Other keynote speakers include ISBE assessment specialist Dr. Diane Zalenski and NAEA Southeastern Vice President-Elect Debi West, a dynamic art educator from Georgia. The conference includes several off-site locations and regional art centers, including Ed Hoy’s International Glass Studio and Warehouse, Naperville Fine Art Center and Gallery, Benedictine University Art Gallery, Blick Art Materials store, and ClaySpace Ceramic Arts Center.

Visit https://www.ilaea.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/IAEA-Summer-Mosaic-Conference-Issue.pdf for more information about the Illinois conference.


The Ohio Art Education Association plans its Professional Development Conference in Columbus on November 6 through 8. Celebrating 60 years of supporting art educators in their efforts to promote the understanding of the visual arts in a quality education, the association presents “A Tapestry of Success,” as its conference theme. The Thursday Awards Dinner will feature the 2013 Art Educator of the Year, Sandra Noble, a long-time OAEA member and retired educator in the Cleveland Public Schools. State Arts Consultant Nancy Pistone from the Ohio Department of Education will address the conference on “The Future of Arts Education is Now” at luncheon on Friday. In a special evening at the Wexner Center for the Arts, painter Kerry James Marshall will address the assembly on the importance of art education. “Super Sessions” include graphic novelist Nate Powell offering a visual tour is his path through comics, Educator Duarte Brown on helping students discover their full potential through art programs, visual artist Paul Russo on his sculptural work, University of Illinois Chicago professor Olivia Gude on 21st-century art making, and Adaptive Art Specialist/Art Therapist ste on her work in the Milwaukee Public Schools.

Visit http://oaea.memberclicks.net/conference-2014  for more information on the Ohio Conference.


Visit the following site for information on these other upcoming state conferences:

Art Education Association of Indiana, 2014 Annual Fall Convention, October 10 - 12, 2014, Grand Wayne Convention Center and Hilton Hotel, Fort Wayne. Visit http://www.aeai.org/convention-2014.html for more information.

Art Educators of New Jersey 2014 Fall Conference, October 5 – 7, Ocean Place Resort and Spa, Long Branch, NJ. Visit http://www.arteducators.org/news/NJ.pdf for more information.

New York State Art Teachers Association 66th Annual Conference, STAND UP for Art Education, November 21-23, 2014 at Desmond Hotel and Conference Center, Albany, New York. Visit http://www.nysata.org/2014-conference-highlights for more information.

West Virginia Art Education Association Annual Conference October 17 & 18, 2014, Parkersburg Art Center, 725 Market Street, Parkersburg, WV. Visit www.wvaea.com/#!news-and-info/cjn9 for more information.

Wisconsin Art Education Association Art Connects Us 2014 Conference, October 23 – 24, 2014, Bruce Guadalupe Community School, Milwaukee, WI. Visit http://www.wiarted.org/2014-waea-fall-conference.html for more information.

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