Awards – Due April 15
AENJ believes the rationale for conferring awards is twofold. First, to recognize those individuals within the membership who have achieved the highest level of professionalism in the field of visual arts education. Second, to show appreciation to those individuals and/or organizations who have contributed their services in an exemplary manner to the Art Educators of New Jersey and to the goals espoused for the profession.
The Nomination Form is now online. Click Here
The Award Categories are as follows:
The Distinguished Achievement Award
Established to honor a member of the association whose long term dedication to the visual art profession and dedication to AENJ goals, leadership and teaching experiences are recognized as exemplary. Click here to see eligibility requirements.
The Anthony A Guadadiello Award
Established to honor former President, Anthony Guadadiello, whose dedication to the joy of service was a major part of his tenure in office. It recognizes outstanding contribution and service to AENJ. Click here to see eligibility requirements.
The John J. Pappas Recognition Award
Established to honor former President John J. Pappas, whose dedication to the idea that arts education is universal and inclusive involving those who support arts experiences from a wider perspective. This Award is appropriate for supporters of the arts who are in the commercial or corporate fields OR in art related organizations that are not specifically educational by nature. Click here to see eligibility requirements.
The George DiBouno Recognition Award
Established to honor former President, George DiBouno, whose dedication to arts education in New Jersey was marked by a realization of the power of leadership in education to move the arts to the forefront. This award is for those who are “within” the field of education, but not Art Educators. Click here to see eligibility requirements.
The Professional Artist Award
Established to acknowledge New Jersey artists whose body of work is recognized as significant. Click here to see eligibility requirements.
Established to honor those members who are actively involved in teaching visual art and whose teaching methodology and results are exceptional. An award may be presented to a teacher from each of the divisions: Elementary, Middle, High School and Higher Education. Click here to see eligibility requirements.
Note: Division Award Recipients are expected to share their best practices/lesson with the membership at the Advisory Council’s Breakfast and a Workshop. Division Award Recipients will also be invited to lead a round table session for the division at our annual conference.
National Art Honor Society Award
Established to recognize the dedication of an AENJ member who sponsors an outstanding NAHS Chapter. Eligibility: Sponsors of active NAHS Chapters.
National Junior Art Honor Society Award
Established to recognize the dedication of an AENJ member who sponsors an outstanding NJAHS Chapter. Eligibility: Sponsors of active NJAHS Chapters.
Linda Lora Pugliese YAM Award
Established to honor former President, Linda Pugliese, whose dedication to Youth Art Month was rewarded with the first National Claire Flanagan Grand Award. This award recognize a current county YAM chair or the leadership team who has done the most to increase support for quality art programs and exhibits through the medium of Youth Art Month. This award will be presented at the AENJ conference.
Lynn Dodson YAM Award of Excellence
The Lynn Dodson Award of Excellence was established to honor Lynn Dodson who was the first New Jersey recipient of the Youth Art Month NAEA Award of Excellence. This award recognizes a county YAM chair, co-chair or an individual AENJ member who has demonstrated an outstanding support for Youth Art Month activities. This award will be presented at the AENJ conference.
Those wishing to make a nomination must be a current active member of AENJ and submit:
1. A completed nomination form.
2. A letter stating reason for nomination.
3. Two Letters of Support.
4. For NAHS and NJAHS include the above and
a) a one page typed summary of NAHS or NJAHS activities and
b) a presentation portfolio/notebook of activities
5. All materials must be postmarked by April 15th to be considered for recognition at the Fall Conference.
6. We strongly encourage candidates to submit a photo for public relations purposes.
Final decisions in the selection of the award recipients will be made by the Award Committee with the ratification of the AENJ Executive Board. Please note that the committee and the AENJ Executive Board do not feel bound to present any and/or all awards annually.
DUE April 15th
The nomination form is now ONLINE!
Click here for the Nomination Form:
All nomination forms for Awards and accompanying letters of support MUST be submitted no later than midnight, April 15th.
Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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