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Exceptional New Art Educator of the Year

Jacob Ginga – Field Elementary, Weston

Jacob Ginga was born on the outskirts of a widely respected and involved Native American family from Massachusetts. He feels that he is forever occupying the cultural space between his Native Heritage and his traditional American upbringing. His work is primarily a study of visual culture, a representation of himself in that emotionally complicated space. His paintings depict colorful and powerful portraits that are dismantled and pieced together creating artworks that combine cultural pattern work with contemporary design. It’s hard to say whether his process brings him closer to his Native Heritage or merely cements him in this place of emotional and visual limbo.

Jacob graduated from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in 2015 with a BFA in Art Education. After completing his student teaching in Westport, he filled in for several substitute positions before joining the impressive faculty at the Field School in Weston, MA. Jake is now in his second year of teaching and is hitting his stride. He has worked towards deeper curriculum integration, strong community fundraising, and an expansive and inclusive art show. He also keeps his students informed about his growing studio practice which gives them a higher understanding of the local creative culture and professional insights. If you’re ever looking for Jake, he’ll either be in his classroom or his studio.

The MAEA Board of Directors are looking forward to honoring and celebrating the 2019 MAEA Art Educators of the Year at the 2019 NAEA Convention in Boston and we hope you will join us!

The awards ceremony has been scheduled for March 16, 2019 at 11:00 – 11:50 a.m. in Meeting Room 310/Center at the Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston Street, Boston, MA. Registration for the NAEA Convention is NOT required to attend the MAEA Awards Ceremony.