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Art All-State

Art Allstate
December 4, 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.
We are happy to announce that the application portal for Art All-State 2017 is now live!

Please identify your TWO nominees (high school juniors) and send them over to the portal located at to complete the application process. To assist you with the process, we have a PDF that explains the application process and provides details - click here. Please share this with your students. It is helpful if you review all of the materials with the students before they click 'submit'. 

Important Dates
December 1 - Intent to nominate due
January 31 - Applications due 
March 10 - Interviews at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Worcester Center for Crafts, Acton-Boxborough High School, West Springfield High School, and Pittsfield High School
March 17 - Interviews at Bishop Feehan High School, Hamilton-Wenham High School, Dartmouth High School, Falmouth High School, and Woburn High School
June 9 - 10 - Art All-State 2017

***Independent school teachers: We adjusted the interview dates to accommodate the teachers who will be attending the NAEA convention in New York City the first week of March. We realize that many independent schools may be on spring break during the week of March 10 - 17, please let us know if this is an issue for your students. We would be 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

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

Art All-State Steering Committee
Please email to join the meetings via Google hangout (we do all meetings via hangout with the exception of Artist Training and Student Selection)

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

Downloads & News

December 4, 2016
Click here to go to the application portal.


Application Instructions - click here
Materials Donation Letter - 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 16 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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