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Massachusetts Art Education Association

The mission of the Massachusetts Art Education Association (MAEA) is to advance high quality visual arts education throughout the state by empowering art educators to excel in the practice, instruction, promotion, and celebration of visual art.

September 22, 2016
High School Photography Exhibit
October 3 - November 18, 2016
State Transportation Building | Boston


The Massachusetts Art Education Association is continuing a series of art education exhibitions in the second floor atrium/gallery space at the State Transportation Building in Boston.

In past years, Photography teachers for grades 9 - 12 have submitted student work for a "first" exhibit of each school year. The past photography exhibits were very well received, and we had lot of positive feedback from students, parents, and teachers as well as the general public and employees in the State Transportation Building. 

Drop-off of work will be
Wednesday, September 28 and FRIDAY, September 30, 2016 from 12:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Pickup of work will be announced soon.

The exhibit will open on Monday, October 3, 2016. It will hang until Thursday, November 10, 2016.

Work may also be mailed to: 
John Michael Gray/Tim O'Connor
Massachusetts Art Education Association
Suite 2600 - C/O of DCAAM
10 Park Plaza - STB
Boston, MA  02116

We are asking teachers to submit ten to twenty works although we are open to more or less based on the teacher's responses. 

The work will need to be matted or mounted so it can be easily exhibited. We will be hanging the work using plastic hangers on the permanent walls and Velcro on our moveable display walls. We are asking that work be no larger than 24" x 36" mounted or matted. Mats should be no wider than 3". 

• Student Exhibit Release Form
Please download and fill out a student exhibit release form and attach it to the back of the artwork - click here for the pdf. 

Massachusetts Art Education Association and the management of the State Transportation Building reserve the right and ability to not exhibit work which is inconsistent with the public venue.

Questions: email

September 14, 2016
National Art Honor Society Massachusetts
Annual Exhibition Call for Entries

Digital submissions for our annual NAHS exhibition, Defining, Designing, Discovering are due September 30th and we’d love to have your students participate! Students who are currently active members in an NAHS chapter at their school are eligible to participate.

Click here for full information.

September 10, 2016

The following MAEA Executive Board positions are currently open for a two-year appointment: President; President-Elect

The following MAEA Board positions are currently open for a two-year appointment:
Division Directors: Pre-service; Elementary; Middle; Museum Education; Higher Education; Supervision/Administration; Community Arts
Special Interest: Community Arts
Committee Chairs: Conference Committee Chair; Youth Art Month Committee Chair; Publications Committee Chair

Click here for more information.

September 22, 2016

The Massachusetts Art Education Association and CVPA at UMass Dartmouth are proud to announce that Art All-State Massachusetts will celebrate its 30th year in 2017.
Each school and/or program may nominate two high school juniors.
Important Dates 
December 1: Intent to Nominate Form Due 
January 31: Application Materials Due 
March 10 and 17: Student Interviews 
June 9 and 10: Art All-State 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact 
or call 508.999.9204 
Click here for the intent to nominate form.
Click here for the Art All-State page.

Conference 2016
August 8, 2016
November 12 and 13, 2016
Lesley University | Cambridge MA

EARLYBIRD REGISTRATION now open - link is on the conference webpage.

The 2016 MAEA Conference will take place on November 12 and 13 in Cambridge, MA hosted by Lesley University.

Hotel information just added - book your room soon!
Click here for the conference page.

Would you like a FREE registration to the upcoming MAEA conference?

We are asking members to submit photos of how YOU redefine Art Education! You can choose to focus on or interpret the prompt any way you like. Show us your own creative work, your classroom, or student work!**

Submit your photos through Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
MAKE SURE TO HASHTAG: #MAEA2016 and #RedefiningArtEd

Please post your photos by October 7. We will be choosing one winner for the free conference pass and will inform the winner no later than October 14! Post away!

**If posting images of students, please obtain proper consent and/or do not post images that can be identified specifically. Please email if you have any questions.

May 25, 2016

The MAEA News | New Issue now available
Volume 2 Issue 1
Issue 1 just released featuring letter from our President, Kristi Oliver; Upcoming Events; Putting the A in STEAM, A Post Flight Interview with Art Educator Stacy Lord; The Benefits of Being Part of a NEASC Visiting Team; Creative Solutions, Overcoming Scheduling Challenges with Art History; Did You Notice Anything Different?; One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Plastic Fish?, Passion, Papier–mâché, and Consciousness Raising with the Visual Arts.Click here for the pdf.

Volume 1 Issue 2

Issue 2: featuring letter from our President, Kristi Oliver; Reflections of an Award Winner; Youth Art Month; Upcoming events; NAHS Navigating the Imagination; and NAEA delegation to Finland. Click here for the pdf.

Volume 1 Issue 1
Our inauguaral newsletter featuring articles from our President, Kristi Oliver, Alice Gentili - 2015 Art Educator of the Year, Upcoming Events, Youth Art Month and more!Click here for the pdf.

Updated March 28, 2016
• Art Educator | The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art Amherst, MA
• UMASS Dartmouth has released their summer catalog,
Of particular interest to educators are their



Additional course offerings are also available.
More information on the Opportunities page - click here.

March 28, 2016
Our first Webinar is April 6, 7:30 - 8:30 hosted by 2016 Art Educator of the Year, Stacy Lord, who was recently launched into the stratosphere as part of NASA's SOFIA program.

If you are interested in participating, please email and we will reply with information and the webinar link.

Stacy Lord
November 10, 2015
Art, Science, and the Stratosphere

Worcester public schools art educator Stacy Lord was accepted to the NASA SOFIA program. The rescheduled launch into the stratosphere is now scheduled for November 11 - 15.

Read the entire article - click here for the pdf.

September 22, 2015
2016 Massachusetts Award Recipients

Congratulations to the 2016 recipients of the Massachusetts Art Educators awards.
Please click here to view the full list of award recipients.

March 23, 2015
You spoke, we listened.....

For the past two years, MAEA leadership has been hearing numerous comments about the direction of the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. After gathering much information and discussing the matters at length, we have decided to send a letter to Dennis Inhulsen, NAEA President, and the NAEA Board of Directors asking them to assist us in advocating for changes to the awards program. We hope to convince the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers to restore the program back to its roots in art education while fostering honesty, integrity, and equality.

We are aware that the transition of state affiliates in MA has been a rocky one, however, we do believe the issues we have are not with the state affiliate, rather with the Alliance itself.

To read the letter and NAEA policy statements on contests please click below.

Letter from MAEA
NAEA Policy on Contests and Competitions
NAEA Policy Statement on Involvement in Art Contests and Competitions for Students at the Secondary Level

All comments regarding the MAEA's position on this matter can be sent to


Your NAEA membership automatically makes you a member of MAEA! Click here to go directly to NAEA's webpage for joining or renewing membership.

Please note: it will take a few days before we receive the new member list from NAEA - your log-in won't work for MAEA members until we receive that list.

New and Noteworthy

September 10, 2016
Get Involved in Your State Organization - Join Us at Our Next Board Meeting!

All members are welcome.
Our next meeting will be:

• OCTOBER 19 - Location TBD 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

For more information and to RSVP, contact our secretary, Melissa Hayes:

2016 Meetings scheduled:
• NOVEMBER 16 - Location TBD 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
• DECEMBER 14 - Location TBD 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

December 17, 2015
ELECTIONS: Congratulations to...

All positions start January 1, 2016

• Melissa Hayes - Secretary
• Helen Downey - Treasurer
• Mary Geisser - Early Childhood Representative
• Billy Claire - Independent Schools Representative
• Sheila Tetler- Retired Representative
• Erin Sutton - Special Needs Representative
• Melissa Hayes -Elementary Representative
• Carolann Tebbetts - Secondary Schools Representative
• Jessica Daviso - National Art Honor Society
• Liz Rudnick Reiser - Awards Committee Chair
• Brittany Lebold - Pre-Service Representative
• Alyssa Champagne - Museum Representative

Open positions: Exhibitions Committee Chair. Description of all positions are in the bylaws.

November 25, 2015

Check out the presentations, handouts, PowerPoints, and other downloads from the conference! Even if you weren't able to go, you can check out the presentations. Currently there are many workshops with downloads as well as archived presentations from previous conferences!


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