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Art All-State

June 3, 2018
Reception invitation and press release for Art All-State 2018
June 9 from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m.
CVPA Campus Gallery and CVPA Studios
UMass Dartmouth, College of Visual and Performing Arts

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Reception invitation: click here.
Press release: click here.

Art Allstate
October 22, 2017

Location: UMASS Dartmouth

Program Dates: June 8 - 9, 2018

Application Instructions
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Intent to nominate and volunteer form
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Important Dates:
December 1 - Intent to nominate due
January 31 - Applications due 
March 2 - Student Interviews at 
March 9 - Student Interviews at Bishop Feehan High School, Hamilton-Wenham High School, Dartmouth High School, Falmouth High School, and Woburn High School
June 8 and 9 - Art All-State 2018

Our location will be UMASS Dartmouth.
  ***Independent school teachers-- We realize that many independent schools may be on spring break during March- please let us know if this is an issue for your students, we are happy to arrange a make-up day for your students in late February. Please be in touch if you believe this to be an issue.

The 30th Year Celebration continues! We have acquired a generous grant from the UMass President's Office to support some professional development for art teachers. Stay tuned for opportunities to engage in meaningful professional development with Janet Echelman and the Tape Art Crew.  Through this generous grant we will also be able to support a limited number of student scholarships for the AAS program. As always, we are committed to proving access to AAS to any student who is accepted. With that said, due to increasing programmatic costs that our out of our control, the student fee for the 2018 program will be $300 per student. If you are able to fundraise ahead of time, please do so - local organizations such as Rotary, Kiwanis, Lions, and other community organizations have been very generous in supporting students wishing to attend AAS. If you need any letters or support from us, please do not hesitate to reach out. Together we can make a difference! We are also asking that students bring their own linens for the overnight. For those who are unable, we will have some available. 

And, for our 2017 participants, the folks at CVPA / UMass Dartmouth were so impressed with the studio installations and remember the hard work the students put in, they are offering portfolio waivers to any 2017 student participants, and if they are admitted and enroll in a CVPA major program at UMass Dartmouth, they will give a $1000 scholarship! Please encourage your students to apply.

For additional information please contact:
Kristi Oliver, Art All-State Program Director

An experience like no other, AAS brings together 144 high school juniors from across the state for an intense two-day art making experience facilitated by professional artists, inspired by local contemporary art.  Students work collaboratively to create installations rooted in the theme Limits: No Limits. 

The steering committee meets monthly via google hangout (online similar to Skype) and is always looking for more help!  Please email if you are interested in getting involved! 

June 14, 2015
Art Allstate

Students worked with Artist Mentors Nancy Grace Horton and Carolyn Lewenberg

Posted by Art All-State Massachusetts on Monday, June 15, 2015

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November 11, 2017
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October22, 2017
Click here for the pdf of the 2018 invitation - click here.

June 10, 2015
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Art All-State Massachusetts is an intense two-day program that brings together 145 high school juniors of exceptional artistic potential and commitment to work with practicing artists to create collaborative installations. Art All-State is designed by prominent art teachers to provide students with an understanding of art related careers and direct knowledge of contemporary art forms.  During the program, students will work in groups to explore contemporary art and use their newfound knowledge to inspire their collaborative work.  Students will be exposed to many possible art careers as the sixteen artist mentors discuss their work and share experiences providing a valuable resource for young artists. The event will culminate with a public viewing and reception of the work created in the two-day program. Art All-State also includes a program for parents to take place just before the public viewing.  This program aims to answer questions that parents may have about careers in the arts and how the program may assist in providing resources to aid in the decision- making process.  

Art All-State is made possible through a strong partnership between MAEA, the AAS Steering Committee, and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.  The program also partners with the New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks as well as the UGLY gallery and others located in historic downtown New Bedford. 

Art All-State Massachusetts is committed to providing a meaningful experience for all involved with the program.  Art All-State aims to:
  • Boost student self-image through recognition and encouragement
  • Bring together students and professional artists from diverse disciplines to work in a studio setting
  • Allow students to work collaboratively with practicing artists and their peers from other schools across the Commonwealth
  • Provide experience preparing an application for admission (similar to the process used for college art programs)
  • Introduce students to UMass Dartmouth, local museums, and galleries as a resource for the practicing artist
  • Provide a forum for parental inquiry and discussion regarding their children’s future in art
  • Increase communication among secondary art teachers by providing opportunities for them to serve together on panels and review committees, and to act as program facilitators
In the early 1980’s MAEA board members along with the Massachusetts Art Directors, the Massachusetts Alliance for the Arts in Education, the Central Massachusetts Art Educators, and representatives from the Boston Globe were looking for opportunities to support young artists. Together the groups supported an idea that came from MAEA members Sheila Tetler and Nora Hall for the creation of a program that would act as the equivalent of the All-State program that music students were already experiencing.  Sheila and Nora approached Honee Hess at the Worcester Art Museum to house the program and assist in a procuring a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.  The team was successful, and at that time Sheila moved from being the MAEA Secondary Representative to being the first Art All-State Coordinator; the first Art All-State took place in 1987.
Shortly thereafter a statewide steering committee made up of MAEA members from across the state was formed to assist in the conceptual develop.m.ent of the program.  The group assisted in the many aspects of the program, with subcommittees specifically tasked with program evaluation, student selection, artist selection, artist training, parent program coordination, etc.  From the group, a chairperson was appointed to liaise between AAS and MAEA tapping into the resources offered by both groups and solidifying the strong partnership between them.  MAEA, realizing the importance of the program for both students and teachers, has supported the program since the original conception. The goals of the program remain consistent with the original intent laid out in the 80's with a focus on high school juniors who are poised to make important decisions about their future.  The program aims to have a positive impact upon students through both the final event and the selection process, therefore, even if students were not selected for Art All-State they would have learned from the experience.  The interview process is an integral piece in the realization of this goal. Each student is interviewed by a panel of three art teachers who will have reviewed the application materials and ask probing questions based on the student's work.  In this way, students who are in need of support and encouragement are provided opportunities for acceptance (versus only the most talented students receiving praise) to level the playing field between the disparities in school art programs across the state.

In the 2000's the program was pushed conceptually when one studio group used a very limited amount of materials (tennis balls, string, and adhesive) to create a visually stunning, conceptually strong installation.  This resulted in the theme “Limits: No Limits” that is still embraced today.  Through this concept, students are asked to explore the limitless possibilities that are only restricted by the limited amount of materials, time, and space.  This shift led to an increased level of sophistication in the final installation pieces and provided a vehicle to explore contemporary themes through the use of repurposed and non-traditional materials.  The steering committee is always accepting new members.

If you are interested in more being involved in the conceptual develop.m.ent of the program, or would like to volunteer, interview, or help in any way please contact


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