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Awards and Grants

Please Send All Awards, Scholarship and Grant Applications to:
Karen Popovich
1801 N. Eola Road, Aurora, IL  60502

Submission Deadline:
May, 16th, 2017

2017 IAEA Awards, Scholarships and Grants


Nominations for 2017 IAEA Awards are now open until March 17th, 2017.  Please click here to nominate a deserving colleague.

The IAEA Awards Program is intended to recognize art educators who are committed and dedicated to their students and the art education profession. This program, which recognizes excellence in individuals and programs, helps provide for the development of quality art education throughout the state of Illinois.

  • To promote public awareness of the importance of quality art education.
  • To promote support of and to focus professional attention on quality programs and excellent art educators.
  • To recognize significant contributions to the profession and organization of IAEA.

Award Categories

  • Illinois Art Educator of the Year (Chosen by award committee from nominations in categories below)
  • Illinois Elementary Art Educator of the Year
  • Illinois Middle School/Junior High Art Educator of the Year
  • Illinois Secondary Art Educator of the Year
  • Illinois Early Professional Award (3 – 7 years teaching)
  • Illinois Higher Education Art Educator of the Year
  • Illinois Art Administrator/Supervisor of the Year
  • Illinois Museum Art Educator of the Year
  • Best School Art Program in Illinois
  • Distinguished Service in IAEA
  • Distinguished Service in the Profession of Art Education
  • Distinguished Service to Art Education (outside the profession)
  • President’s Special Award (chosen by current IAEA president)
  • Distinguished Member Award (chosen by past Distinguished Member recipients)

General Criteria

  1. Significant contribution within an award category.
  2. Outstanding record of general professional achievement.
  3. Continuing record of contributions to art education in Illinois.
  4. Current active membership in IAEA.
  5. To be considered for a national award, NAEA membership is required. National nomination is optional.

Specific Criteria

Award categories 1-7.

  • Outstanding record of success as an art educator from colleagues, administrators, students, and community.
  • Outstanding ongoing record of general professional achievement, continued education, studio accomplishments/exhibitions, publications, service to individual school program and school district, service to community, and service to the art education profession.
  • Recognized as a leader.

Illinois Museum Art Educator of the Year

  • Outstanding record of successful collaborative efforts as a museum art educator from colleagues, administrators, teachers and students, and community.
  • Outstanding record of general professional achievement, continued education, studio accomplishments, publications, service to individual school programs and school districts, service to community, and service to the art education profession.

Best School Art Program in Illinois

  • Evidence of an exemplary comprehensive art program from colleagues, administration, district, students, and community.
  • Outstanding program components, curriculum design, course offerings, other school sponsored art activities (e.g., art club, National Art Honor Society), professional achievement of department members, inter/intra school exhibition, individual student or staff recognition/awards, involvement in total school program, service to community, and service to the art education profession.
  • Membership in IAEA by one or more art educators within the program.

Distinguished Service in IAEA

  • Exemplary contributions of time and effort to IAEA.

Distinguished Service to the Profession of Art Education

  • Outstanding contribution to the field of art education; record of service to school, district, and community, record of previous awards, honors, and record of    publications.

Distinguished Service to Art Education (outside of the profession)

  • Exemplary support and advocacy for art education.

President’s Special Award

  • Current president’s discretion

Congratulations to the
2016 Award Scholarship and Grant Recipients!


John_Zilewicz_headshot
Illinois Art Educator of the Year
John Zilewicz (bio) website

 

Gina SzulkowskiSecondary Art Educator of the Year
Gina Szulkowski (bio)

 

Rich StachonMiddle Level Art Educator of the Year
Rich Stachon (bio) website

 

Susan TiemstraElementary Art Educator of the Year
Susan Tiemstra (bio)

 

Jonathan GriceIllinois Art Administrator/ Supervisor of the Year
Jonathan Grice (bio)

 

Chris SykoraIllinois Early Professional Award
Chris Sykora (bio)

 

Anne SautmanIllinois Museum Art Educator of the Year
Anne Sautman (bio)

 

Eryn BlaserDistinguished Service to IAEA
Eryn Blaser (website)

 

Fine Line Creative Arts Center

Distinguished Service to Art Education
Outside the Profession

Fine Line Creative Arts Center (website)

 

Jennifer Baker

President’s Special Award
Jennifer Baker

 

IAEA Grad School Scholarship Recipients
Allison Sunseri – Northern Illinois University (NIU)
Michelle Carrasquilla – School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC)


IAEA Professional Development Grant Recipients

Nick Hostert – Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD)
Chris Sykora – Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD)

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